U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton (2009) – BR00147 (2019) – 🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪
Plot or Premise
Kinsey’s client thinks he remembers seeing two men digging a hole back when he was six years old, just days after a child’s kidnapping that subsequently ended tragically. Maybe it was the kidnappers?
What I Liked
The flashback story harkens back to a hippie-style couple living in a van in the driveway of his parents’ house, which was mildly interesting at first. The introduction of a reporter named Alvarez is good for future stories too. But the only really good part is filling in some of Aunt Ginny’s history, with old letters and a PI that was hired to look into Ginny’s parenting ability.
What I Didn’t Like
The flashback storyline removes almost any mystery or tension from the story. You know who the bad guys are way before Kinsey, and the storyline with the reporter holds some initial promise but ultimately goes nowhere. Just a lot of wasted time and space.
The Bottom Line
Nice ending, but the story feels like retread.