The 20th novel in Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series is one of the best. In her last outing, "S" IS FOR SILENCE, Grafton altered her style a bit, actually entering other characters' points of view to tell parts of the story so that they shared the narrating duties with Kinsey herself. With this new novel, that device is used to chilling effect--between reports from Kinsey, we enter the mind of a woman who is possibly her most twisted adversary to date.
Solana Rojas is a caregiver, a home-help nurse's aide much like the thousands you'll find all over America. But the woman assigned to care for Kinsey's elderly friend is not your usual "angel of mercy." For one thing, she is not the real Solana Rojas--she has stolen that woman's identity. And she has plans. To tell you more of the plot would be--well, criminal.
The best aspect of Grafton's excellent series is her ability to keep up with current social and legal problems, despite the fact that Kinsey's stories are set somewhere in the 1980s. In this novel we have identity theft, the inherent problems of home care, and--perhaps most disturbing--the tendency of society in general to ignore and/or mistreat our most vulnerable citizens. At least this elderly victim has Kinsey Millhone as a champion. And what a champion she is! "T" IS FOR TRESPASS will captivate longtime Grafton fans, and it should make her a lot of new fans as well. Highly recommended.
I hold my breath waiting for the latest Kinsey Millhone and then I hold my breath as I pore over every page when I get my hands on the newest mystery; this latest was no exception. I really got caught up in the fear factor as the author dragged me kicking and screaming through the gripping ordeal of a senior citizen who one day is merely a crabby, cranky curmudgeon and the next day is on a sad spiral into elder abuse by an amoral, frighteningly-real home-health "companion". I was sick to my stomach thinking: that could happen to any one of us!
I've read five others in this series so far (A,B,C,D,I) and this one is absolutely the best I've read. In this one, Grafton adds to Kinsey's narrative the point of view of Solana, a woman who has stolen her identity in order to reap the benefits of her anonymity. Kinsey is asked to do a background check on her when she applies for a position, and once Kinsey realizes something is wrong, it's a race to the end to see whether Kinsey can foil Solana's plans. It all comes to a series of events that is masterfully crafted and suspenseful (dare I say "Thrilling"?). Don't expect to take a break anywhere in the last 100 pages. You won't be able to.
An unsettling book about elder abuse and duplicity. One is made to feel the helplessness Kinsey Millhone feels as she realizes there is nothing she can do to help an ailing old man at the whim of a sociopath- at least, nothing she can do legally.
Less of a mystery than most of her novels, this book is much more of a thriller. It is certainly frightening! A very engaging page-turner.
Sue Grafton has done it again. Another book about Kinsey Millhone, this time centering on elder abuse. I never get tired of reading this series & I'm already looking forward to U.