It All Falls Down

HarperCollins. Jul. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062565778. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062565785. M
Having found the daughter she gave up for adoption in The Lost Ones, Nora Watts now turns to the question of her father, who killed himself when she was a child. Her investigation takes her from Vancouver, BC, to Detroit, where he grew up as one of numerous Canadian native children adopted by American families. There she uncovers not only the mystery of her father's death but also questions about her mother, whom she never knew. Back in Vancouver, investigator Jon Brazuca agrees to look into the overdose of a billionaire's pregnant mistress. It's no surprise that the two cases share a connection—nor is it a shock that Watts and Brazuca continue to deny their feelings for each other. Touching on many weighty subjects, such as the opioid crisis, the adoption of Canadian indigenous children, and Detroit's deterioration, the story moves briskly. While enough background is given to help new readers, this title appears to be the middle installment of a possible trilogy, leaving those who haven't read the first book missing out on its full impact.
VERDICT Mystery fans who enjoy their crime fiction headed by strong, cynical heroines will appreciate this, but they should start first with The Lost Ones. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/18.]
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