Jon and Walker buried the ransom money after realizing it was marked; but they moved the money and substituted the dog after being seen, to make their digging look harmless. Still needing money after burying Rain's ransom, they kidnapped Mary Claire; but she died from an allergic reaction to Valium , which they used to keep her sedated during her kidnapping. Michael calls Kinsey to tell her, since no one else believes him any longer. Panicked by his role in two deaths the "undertow" of the title , Walker calls Jon and says he is going to turn himself in for the kidnapping, despite the lack of evidence.
Jon talks him into a small delay and then shoots and kills Michael. Since Walker has an airtight alibi for the time of the killing, Kinsey immediately suspects Jon due to their close friendship in high school. She heads to Jon's house, where she sees him leaving with suitcases, and follows him to a secluded meeting with Walker. Jon's plan to murder Walker and flee the country is foiled by Kinsey, who shoots him after he pulls a gun on her; and both Jon and Walker are arrested.
Mary Claire's body and the marked money are both recovered on Jon's family's property. In a side story, Kinsey is invited to a family event.
During the preparation for the event, which Kinsey resists attending, she is given letters from her grandmother that her Aunt Gin, who raised her, had refused. She learns that, far from ignoring her, her grandmother had wanted to adopt her after her parents' deaths and had even hired a private investigator to gain custody of her. In a final irony, she learns that Gin and the private investigator had had an affair and that little Kinsey had gone on outings with them.
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In the end, she attends the family event, where her grandmother, who is increasingly senile, mistakes her for her late mother and tells her how happy she would be if Kinsey were to come visit her. Sarah Weinman of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Grafton "has produced a better book each time out, and "U" is her most structurally complex, psychologically potent book to date.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The New York Times. Retrieved December 27, Los Angeles Times. USA Today. Retrieved October 29, New York Times. December 11, Retrieved October 28, Publishers Weekly. December 14, Retrieved December 28, Palm Beach Post. December 13, Archived from the original on January 3, Sometimes the antics remind me a bit of Scooby Doo. U is for Undertow is nearing the end of the series, but it is still a good book.
It starts off with quite an intro to the mystery. A man begs Kinsey to investigate What's great about this series is the character of Kinsey doesn't age much throughout the books. Even though it's about 30 years from start to finish for the author to draft the books, they all take place in the s It's clear in this one because there are flashbacks and actions to the s A good entry in the series. Stick with the series if you start it. All 3 are similar, but where Stephanie is new to detective work and VI is an ole' pro, Kinsey's in the middle. She's had training. She's savvy in many areas.
But she gets hurt too much for reasons a real PI would probably know better. Best part of these books Kinsey's relationship with Henry, her friend and landlord. Whenever Henry's in a scene, I know it will be a good one. About Me For those new to me or my reviews I write A LOT. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.
Note : All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. View all 12 comments. Apr 26, Jilly rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. Don't worry. If you aren't sure what the difference between an undertow and a riptide is, Kinsey will tell you in excruciating detail. She will also give you the statistics on at least three towns - including the population and every business there. In one town history, she even lets us know about the Homestead Act.
It's a history-buff's wet dream!! And, there is the usual lists of things. In one store, she listed over 20 items that they carried. Here's how I think things went down when Sue Graf Don't worry. Don't even think about it, publishers! I was wondering if you could explain the process of welding to me in great detail. Don't spare anything - no matter how inconsequential it seems.
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I will be taking exact notes and putting it in my next famous book word-for-word. Is your book about a welder? My main character will be driving through town and will notice someone welding on the side of the road, so it's crucial that my readers understand every bit of welding. If you happen to know the history of welding, please include that. If not, I'll get that later from the library.
Is it important to the story? Is there something about the person she sees welding that is going to be important? She drives by him, notices him welding, and never sees him again.
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But, my readers are sure to want to understand the process. Besides, I have a lot of pages to fill. Writing books is hard, but I find that if I put pages and pages of unimportant information in them, I can fill the pages up pretty fast.
Is there a hidden camera around here? I didn't proposition that young girl, I swear. Is Chris Hanson hiding somewhere? I'm not taking a seat!! I guess I'll just have to use my trusty old Encyclopedia Brittanicas again. I'll make sure to look up the population of every town around me too, and I need to check the median cost of housing. My readers are counting on me.
Sorry, buddy. Maybe next time Yeah, so don't worry. Sue has covered every angle that is possible to cover in minutia. Those encyclopedias were a good buy on her part. The good news? If you skim over all of the ridiculous crap, these books are getting shorter, not longer. I'm flying through them now. The mystery here is another really old case, which is Kinsey's specialty.
She has a way of digging around in the past until someone tries to kill her and then - case solved.
It's her method. Although, if I met her in person and she started talking to me, I would probably be willing to throw myself at the mercy of the courts. Or, try and kill her. Either way.. So, a little girl went missing over 20 years ago and Kinsey is on the case. There are multiple stories in different times going on and it was somewhat interesting. I liked the other POV's and actually read them thoroughly.
Take it from me, the founder, it works! That must have been the chapter on bougainvillea. There's a fuckload of bougainvillea in this series. I'm on such a roll. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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