Author: Alex Kava
Synopsis (from bn.com): On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, two teenagers are seemingly electrocuted when their drug-fueled party turns into an explosive light show. While Maggie O’Dell tries to make sense of the witnesses’ stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, her friend, Colonel Benjamin Platt, is at the scene of a deadly outbreak that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide when Maggie and Platt uncover a threatening conspiracy that was meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwestern landscape.
My thoughts: Hotwire offers the 9th installment in Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell series. I want to say I absolutely loved this book as I have may of her other books, but I just can’t. The book was really good and kept my attention until about half way through and then it started losing steam for me. And the ending was a huge disappointment for me. After I found out “who did it” if you will, I felt like I wanted to scream, “That’s it, why did they do it, what?” The end feel completely flat for me. I didn’t feel like I knew why it happened.
I also wish that the storyline of Maggie’s investigion with the killed teenagers in Nebraska would have felt more connected with the other major storyline of Benjamin Platt and Bix investigating the cause of a mysterious illness in multiple school children. There was ever so slight connection made in the end, but as you were reading it truly felt like two disparate storylines.
The next Maggie O’Dell novel “Fireproof” is released soon, and yes I already have it on hold at the library!!
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