Series: Veronica Mars, #2
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: January 29th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.
The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story.
The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?
This review is COMPLETELY spoiler free
Veronica Mars is a recent addiction and addition to my oh-so-monotonous life. As I write this review, it’s the last day of my summer holidays before I’m back at school for the new school year—and just less than two months earlier when the holidays started, I clicked play on the very first episode of the Veronica Mars TV series. I soon became absolutely smitten with the TV show (maaaaaaybe because of Logan Echolls) and I soon jumped onto the movie that came out in 2014, which is a continuation of the TV show. While I’d love for another movie to come out, I highly doubt my wish will come true anytime soon, but I do have these wonderful books to keep me company.
This is the second book to the Veronica Mars books, and it basically picks off after where the movie left off. For all you unfortunate souls who are unaware of who Veronica Mars is, firstly, I feel incredibly sorry for you. You’ll need to hurry off now and binge watch the TV show and movie (in that order) right now, because if you don’t, I’ll come after you with a paper shredder. That’s right, I’ll shred all your books. MWAHAHAHAHAHA. (I’m evil.) (Don’t convince me otherwise.) But anyway, like I was saying, if you don’t know who Veronica Mars is, she’s a Private Investigator who used to be a receptionist for her father’s Mars Investigations. Now they run the PI business together, and it’s truly the best thing ever—take my word for it.
While there’s no point in denying that the books (and movie, to be honest) don’t have the same magic that the original TV show possesses, we are still given another intriguing excerpt of Veronica Mars’ life. In this installment, Veronica’s caught up in an investigation that involves a claimed rape at Neptune’s ritziest hotel: The Neptune Grand. For what seems should be a simple case—to find the rapist—turns out to be much harder when there are mysterious pieces of information that don’t add up, uncooperative witnesses and barely any leads.
Despite the fact that I found the mystery here to be really engaging, it didn’t seem to be as twisted or as well built as the story line in The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. Moreover, I did find myself rather bored at times. This book does spend more time dabbling here and there, and while I loved the further exploration of our beloved characters, it moved a little too slow for a typical Veronica Mars story, in my opinion.
Guys, we finally get our Logan back in this one! When I found out that he’d be back for this installment, I was over the moon. I love that their relationship is further explored here, and that they talked more about their pasts—especially those (achingly painful) 9 years. Their relationship is a flawed one, but beautifully so, and that’s what makes them so special in my heart.
If you love good mysteries, or if you are a fan of Veronica Mars, you need to read these books. We get to catch-up with our favourite characters as well as revisit some unexpected acquaintances too. Combine them in with a thrilling mystery and the best sassy dialogue, and there you have it—a classic Veronica Mars story. I do hope Thomas and Graham decide to write more installments because one thing’s for sure; I’ll never get sick of Veronica Mars! So keep ‘em coming.
~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~
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