This is a by-the-book-mystery, which I feel like I come across very rarely lately. As a mystery lover, this book didn’t appeal to me just because it stuck to the formula as much as all aspects of the formula were done right. I did see through the red herring that led to the final plot twist, but Donlea had created so much tension and suspense that when the action ramped up at the end, I couldn’t put the book down.
As far as mysteries go, it wasn’t spectacular, but it was solid. The writing, character, tone and pacing melded together to make this a book I’d recommend, and this is an author I’d read again. A very nicely done mystery. 4.5 stars!