This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary from Goodreads:
X: The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.
X: The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: thinkxylophone.
X: The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.
Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Listen, it’s no secret that I LOVE me some Sue Grafton. I may not have been reading her my entire life (actually, I think A IS FOR ALIBI was first printed before I was even born!) but for the past 10 or so years, I have been loving Sue and Kinsey. As we get closer to the end of the alphabet, I grow increasingly nervous about my beloved Kinsey. Will Kinsey just end when we get to Z? Does Sue Grafton have more in store? Can we make a plan to re-write the alphabet and add a few more letters? (Desperate times call for desperate measures!)
What I love about Sue Grafton’s Kinsey series is that Sue is not afraid of changing her format up. In the latest few books, she’s tried new ways of telling the story from multiple view-points and it’s worked (at least for me!)
In X- Sue shows us who the bad person is pretty early. The bulk of the story is can Kinsey connect all the dots to prove to people who the bad person is, a wrap-up of a former storyline with PI Pete, and a old couple that makes you not want to be nice to neighbors. Some parts of the story wrap together nicely- while parts are extras- but Kinsey gives readers thrills as she painstakingly figures out things- piece by piece. Say what you will about Kinsey- when she suspects something- she is like a dog with a bone.
Can you read X without reading other Sue Grafton books? Yes, you can. However, the richness of the character of Kinsey is best enjoyed when you’ve spent some time with her from past books- so I recommend starting with A is for Alibi and working your way through the alphabet.
Bottom line: Fan of Sue’s and Kinsey? X will please!
*This book was requested through Netgalley from Putnam Books for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T