I really don't think you have any more excuses as to why you have not read her yet.
This is book four of the Liv Bergen series and do you need to read the others in order to get it all? I would say yes. I'm a fan of having back story and character progression and if I start something mid series, I do tend to feel left out.
Liv's character goes through quite a change in each book leading up to this one and this one is quite personal. It's more about her family and a bit about her family's past.
I saw Sandra at a library event in my state just last night and I told her this was one of my favorites along with the first book, In the Belly of Jonah. I liked the grit, the suspense and the rock solid psychological terror of it all. I felt for the little boy. I was screaming at the pages, "Listen to him!!!!". I felt the closeness of the crime and just wanted to reach in to the pages and shake people. That's good writing!
|Me and Sandra|
Liv's character continues to progress and surprise me as well. I want to see her succeed and I look forward to seeing what her next step is. Because her family is so much a part of her character, she has a realness about her that is identifiable.
I will continue to champion Sandra Brannan and her books until she knocks Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell off those bestsellers charts and takes their place. She is a talent and I really do look forward to more of Liv Bergen but also for other stories she has up her sleeve (cuz' I know they are there and coming!)
I have an extra copy to give away of Noah's Rainy Day and due to how slow I can be to get to the dang post office, y'all have plenty of time to read the first three books before you receive this one (if you have not already done so)