Ciao, amici! I have a treat for you today. Friend and fellow author Joan Hall has just released the final book in her Driscoll Lake series, Unclear Purposes. I had the pleasure of helping with her cover reveal tour. Today, I’m sharing my review of her work. And Thursday, I’ll be hosting her so she can share an excerpt from her novel.
But enough about past and future posts. Let’s get to the good stuff. My review of Unclear Purposes. Unfortunately, you can’t read it on Amazon because they hate me and won’t let me review her work. You can find it on BookBub, though. And Goodreads. Or just read on.
★★★★★ A Compelling End to a Captivating Series
I’m both happy and sad about Joan Hall’s UNCLEAR PURPOSES. Happy because I got to visit with old friends while getting another wonderful Driscoll Lake story; sad because it’s the end of the series. And as far as endings go, the author gave this reader everything she could possibly ask for.
UNCLEAR PURPOSES tells the story of former FBI agent (turned private investigator) Vince Green and Driscoll Lake’s most infamous widow, Christine Lawrence. Their relationship almost started in an earlier book in the series, but it was put on hold. Christine had a lot of history to get over, and Vince left town for a while. You’d think his return would enable them to pick up where they left off, but he had secrets and she had trust issues—not a great combination. Watching the two of them overcome the obstacles to their relationship was a sheer pleasure. But that’s only one small piece of this novel’s wonderful puzzle.
This is by and large a romantic suspense novel, not solely a romance, and the suspense element is perhaps the best of the three novels in the series. There are so many plot threads you think they can’t possibly be resolved, yet the author weaves them all together seamlessly. The end result is a surprise I believe few will see coming.
The character arcs are well-developed and so satisfying. The plot proceeds at a brisk pace without getting out of control. The setting and returning characters are comfortable and welcome.
I’ve read many series that faltered at the end. This one, I’m happy to say, is of equal quality to the start. In fact, I’d say it’s the best of the trilogy, but I honestly can’t say which of the three books is my favorite. What I can say is this is a fitting end to a fabulous series, and fans of the genre will really enjoy it.
I hope you come back Thursday to see what Joan has decided to share with us. In the meantime, how about you share this with your friends and maybe wish her good luck?