January 3, 2021

Series Sunday: U is for Undertow

(Kinsey Millhone #21) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is U is for Undertow, the 21st book in the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton. Let's take it back to April 1988, a month before my favorite P.I. turns 38 years old. A preppy young man arrives at her office unannounced. He was referred by a detective to hire Kinsey about a 4-year-old girl that disappeared two decades ago. It seems he witnessed where the kidnapped girl was buried. For upfront cash, Kinsey agrees to give him one day of her time to locate the grave and identify the killers. It's by far a long shot!

"A woman of contradictions. Forthright and secretive in the same breath." ~ pg. 303

U is for Undertow is sadly the worst book of the series. It didn't flow and seemed choppy jumping from the 1960s to the 1980s, to multiple points of view from minor characters in an attempt to create suspense for the reader. Grafton wrote many subplots that only confused things. It frustrated my reading experience to the point I wanted to skim through. 

This is #21 and only a few more left in the alphabet series. I am not excited about picking up the next book anytime soon. I am no closer to knowing Kinsey Millhone than when I started A is for Alibi. Yet I miss the cases she gets involved in and still hold out hope for a glimpse into her personal life. Will there be a happily ever after? What makes her happy? Guess I'll have to keep reading to find out.

Author: Sue Grafton
Published: December 2009
Pages: 403
Edition: Hardcover
Challenge: Perpetual Kinsey Millhone
Rating: 🖤


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