Friday, July 11, 2014

Void Moon by Michael Connelly

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Yay, I found another Connelly book I hadn’t read! Now I must wait until The Burning Room comes out in November. I have really liked his other one shot novel Chasing the Dime so I had high hopes for this one. If you read the summary of this it sounds like it would be a really amazing read. Here is the summary since it does a better job describing the plot than I would.

New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly writes novels of brilliantly original suspense. In this electrifying tour de force, he takes us into a world of extremes: too much criminality, too much money, and too many ways to die.
In L.A. Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run--with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job. Between Cassie and the man hunting her are a few last secrets: like who really set up the job, why Cassie had to take the change, and how, in the end, it might all be a matter of the moon...
Sounds really good right, well I was kind of let down with this one. It started out so slow, I kept waiting for it to pick up and it seemed like it was just creating more confusion and questions. I kept thinking; Mr. Connelly, this isn't your usual hard hitting style. Does it get better. Well... After a little over half way through the book things started to get good. The ending was really strong and emotional. I was teetering on the edge of giving this book a 2 star rating until 3/4 of the way through. I'm glad I hung in there because the ending was worth it, but it was not his strongest work.

The writing was good and very well put together it was just the plot that left me wanting more. I know he can do a better job making those slower scenes memorable and more interesting. It is one of the earlier works since it was published in 2000 so I will chalk this up to him still finding his groove. Had it not been for the ending I would have given this 2 stars, but I did really enjoy the ending and even got a little choked up at one point so I will give this 3 out of 5 stars. I’m glad I read it so I can be caught up on all of his books, but I don’t think this will be on my re-read list.

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