S is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 19)
S is for Silence - Kinsey Millhone, Bk 19 Author:Sue Grafton Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. — In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband. — But for the not-quite-seven-year-old daughter Daisy s... more »he left behind, Violet's absence has never been explained or forgotten.
Now, thirty-four years later, she wants the solace of closure.
In S Is for Silence, Kinsey Millhone's nineteenth excursion into the world of suspense and misadventure, S is for surprises as Sue Grafton takes a whole new approach to telling the tale. And S is for superb: Kinsey and Grafton at their best.« less
I always eagerly await the next Grafton, but I feel like she is getting tired of writing them. This one lacks the excitment of the earlier ones. I hope T is better. This one centers around a little girl whose vivacious (read slutty) mother goes missing. Everyone assumes she has run off with a man. Now the girl is grown and she wants Kinsey to find her mother. Foul play is a given, since it wouldn't be much of a murder mystery otherwise. Disappointing.
Grafton's P.I. Kinsey Millhone has been asked to investigate a cold case involving the disappearance 34 years ago of a "live-wire" young woman, living in a small town with an abusive husband. Her grown-up daughter can't believe her mother would have left her behind, or that in all these years, if she were alive, she wouldn't have contacted her daughter. Kinsey finds that trying to investigate a cold case in a small town, where no one wants to give her a straight answer, is tough. But Kinsey is tough too. A great fast-paced read.
Kinsey Millhone is asked to investigate the 34 year old disappearance of a young woman's mother. It was hard for me to even guess what had happened to her, there were so many possibilities and suspects. Grafton's character continues to be real and exciting.
This may be my favorite writing by Sue Grafton. She becomes better and better with every book I read. This story shows how our actions or lack of actions affect those around us. How some people can move on with their lives and how some take events close to heart and carry their wounds with them.
The layout of this novel is different than the others. I thoroughly have enjoyed reading Sue Grafton from her beginning novel "A" up to now. She grows with every story.
It's still amazing to me that I can have read a book, albeit many years ago, and not remember a thing about it now. Nothing. I know I read this in 2008, but it's like a new book to me now. But 15 years ago I was probably reading 4 books a week, maybe it's not so surprising. There are some that stick with me but this wasn't one of them.
Anyway. I did enjoy it now. It's another cold case for Kinsey, and I found it rather entertaining that she was able to pick up new information 34 years later. I mean, after 34 years what are the odds that you're going to find the same bartender in the same bar in a tiny little town? There are alternating chapter flashbacks to 1953, which I enjoyed, but they got longer and longer as the book went on. I liked how lots of old secrets and resentments not really connected to Violet get exposed. And I thought Grafton did a good job giving us plenty of suspects and slowly winnowing them away until the end. The end is the usual, the bad guy goes after Kinsey who barely manages to escape with h er life. A good entry in the series, although if I'm around 15 years from now I bet I don't remember it.
This was a good book to read. I liked the way the novel switches from the present, told by Kinsey, and the background story with many points of view from the 50's. I think the lifestyles of a small town were told very well. Again I think that overall this was a good read but not a good mystery. The ending was a little lackluster.