Once again, Lehane has created a gripping novel with compelling characters and a plot that takes the reader on a breathless ride from page one to the very end. This novel was different from the others I'd read of his because it seemed more fanciful. However, it is also my favorite of his books so far. I'm not a fast reader, but I devoured the book in two days. And while I thought that I had some inkling on how the book might end, I was surprised. I highly recommend this gum-shoe mystery to anyone who enjoys detective novels.
The last book in the Lilith's Brood trilogy was not as exciting as I'd hoped. The first two books were very gripping, and I could not put them down. This one, however, was so much the same as the previous book in the series that I was almost bored. It was like I'd seen it all before, so it didn't have the intensity or novelty to keep me interested. Butler is a fantastic writer, and her prose is a joy, but without a compelling story, pretty writing just isn't enough. What I wanted was something new instead of the same world she'd been writing about for the past two books. If she'd finished the series with a book on the humans' colony on Mars instead of yet another book about the alien colonies on Earth, I would have been far more interested. Again, this wasn't a bad book; it was just redundant.