This is one of those series that I keep in my back catalog. It's the kind of book you read when there isn't anything else you want to read and you need a filler. The first book Heartsick was really good and it was my first Advanced Reader copy I had ever gotten. The story was really good and I liked the characters. As the series has gone on I have sort of fallen out of love with these books yet I keep going.
This is the first book in the series that doesn't have the main villain Gretchen Lowell. The other three had both her and the detective Archie Sheridan. In this book people are being killed in an odd way. All the signs from the bodies show that they have drowned but there is no water in the lungs. What can be killing people to make them drown on land? It was an interesting story but overall the book was just ok. I was one that I at least found interest to keep going on and it really wasn''t a chore to get through I just felt very benign while reading it.
There is a decent mystery here trying to figure out what could possibly being done to these victims. Archie has cleaned up his act and is at least off the prescription drugs in this book but he is still the overly brooding detective but now he is all on his own. Not a bad set of characters in this book but the only two that are interesting are Archie and the reporter Susan. The rest of the characters no matter how important they might have meant to be felt like they were just scenery or something to meet a page count. The ending was a little anticlimactic and felt rushed like the author ran out of ideas and just decided to end there.
So for my rating I will give this 3 out of 5 stars. The reason for this is because I didn't hate this book and there were some interesting parts throughout the book. I feel this is very middle ground type of a book. since I can't give this a 2.5 on sites like Goodreads and Amazon I rounded up this time. I will probably continue the series but I'm not planning on reading the next one any time soon. It will always depend on what I can get from the library and what is up next on my to read pile.