Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, by Joshilyn Jackson
Jackson is getting better and better. Her most recent book is funny and smart and builds a substantial amount of suspense. It introduces the Slocum women, Ginny, Liza, and Mosey, three generations who encounter disaster every 15 years. When the book starts, Ginny is working at a bank supporting her daughter and granddaughter; Liza is making a tentative start at recovery from a stroke; and Mosey is something of a misfit in high school. Then the remains of an infant are found in the backyard of their home, and everything begins to change in both good and bad ways. Each of the main characters is the narrator or subject of alternating chapters.