I've always enjoyed the Decker/Lazarus books, but I think they are are just about worn out, as may be Faye Kellerman writing them.
I don't remember Peter and Rina being so testy with each other, nor do I remember such rather ugly sarcasm between Decker and McAdams. This is what really led to my meager 3 stars.
The main plot of 'The Lost Boys' is a missing developmentally disabled man, which should have been good jumping off point. But the story and the case went around in circles, finally encompassing a 10 year old missing persons case. Both this new case and the old case have unsatisfying endings, one of them left unfinished.
Further the re-introduction of the storyline of Gabe, his errant mother and criminal father is odd and also left unfinished as Peter and Rina "take a few weeks off" due to a too hurried and surprise move by Peter, another unfinished story line late in the book.
I honestly don't remember Faye Kellerman leaving us with such unsatisfying cliff-hangers in past books, let alone so many of them.
From Peter to Rina to McAdams to Gabe to the minor characters, the conversations are stilted and the emotional reactions from them are lacking, atypical, impatient and snarky.
Unfortunately, this left 'The Lost Boys' all over the place with the most lost being Peter. Peter was best in LA. He was best with his growing family around him and he was best with his daughter born before Rina. No longer having any of that he is no longer is best.
3 stars (less)
I was so excited to get this latest Decker novel with all my favourite characters only to be SO DISAPPOINTED that it was a Part 1 of a continuing story. I do not remember any of Faye Kellerman's books not being a complete story, so this was quite a let-down. The story itself became a little monotonous in places and I'm wondering why Kellerman just did not tighten the writing and finish the story rather than stretching it into another book.
I’ve read every book about the Deckers....but this one was a bit draggy...obviously there’s a continuous book coming....but it was rather boring...hopefully the next one will be more exciting...
My first time reading these characters. Found the story dragging on a bit.
Be prepared. This is a “to be continued” story. It ends in the middle of one of the book’’s plots.
I have been following the lives of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus for almost 35 years and always look forward to the next book in the series. This mystery was OK, but I prefer the books when Rina is more involved. Kristi & Abby Tabby
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