It begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines literally. A copy editor at theCleveland Heraldis found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn t trust at all . . .
Jack Renner is a killer with a conscience, a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. He has only one problem: Maggie knows his secret. She insists he enforce the law, not subvert it. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer-- even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list."
What I didn’t like: Although the synopsis sounded thoroughly entertaining. The story didn’t keep me engaged. I think this is the longest it’s taken me to read a book from start to finish.
I think there were too many facts and not enough of the characters. I love character driven books and to me, Unpunished fell short in that area. I couldn’t connect or empathize with the characters. They seemed a bit flat and almost boring.
Even the “bad” guys seemed flat. I really hate that as there are some positives about this series. By the end of the book, I never want to hear how published news is dying again. While that is part of the plot, I heard the words newspapers are a dying breed so often, it lost its importance.
What I liked: Unpunished is very well researched and Ms Black’s writing style is easy to read. I knew this was the second book in the series and bought at some expense, $9.99 for the Kindle edition, the first book, That Darkness, as the synopsis drew me in. About half way through That Darkness I was getting a bit worried as I just didn’t find it compelling. I was worried I’d feel the same about the NetGalley ARC of Unpunished.
When I request and am approved for an ARC from NetGalley, I feel obligated to read the book unless there’s just no way for me to finish it. I stuck to it and at about 65 percent through Unpunished I was finally getting the story I thought I’d be getting at the beginning.
I will say the way Ms Black wrote the story, I had an idea who the villain was but there was still enough mystery to keep me guessing. As I said, Ms Black’s writing is good but the story and characters just didn’t resonate with me.
If you like Ms Black’s novels, you might enjoy this series but at the prices, I would recommend borrowing from a library or a friend.