BOOK REVIEW: T IS FOR TRESPASS
Kinsey Millhone is back! This, her twentieth case, is probably one of the most emotionally gripping of the entire series. What makes this book so moving is that it is very easy for readers to see themselves in exactly the same hopeless position as Kinsey and her neighbors. Interestingly, the second case Kinsey investigates during the book-a case of insurance fraud, is also one readers can readily envision themselves as the victim.
The book is not so much a mystery as a cat and mouse style thriller. Imagine if you will, what you would do if a neighbor of yours fell and needed nursing assistance in order to be discharged from the hospital. The neighbor's only relative lives across the country and is only able to come and stay long enough to hire a duty nurse before she returns home. Although you don't know the neighbor all that well, you try to be neighborly and look in on him a few times. What if you began to suspect that something was not quite right about the nurse? That is the premise of T is for Trespass.
It all starts when Gus, the crabby old man who lives next door to Kinsey and Henry falls and needs to have some support while he heals. His only relative, a grand niece, can only come to California long enough to hire a suitable day nurse, Solana Rojas. The niece asks Kinsey to verify the basics of the woman's resume and then returns to New York. Although the quick background check was clean, it isn't long until Kinsey and Henry begin to have not only have doubts about Gus's care, but also about the nurse's ultimate intentions. Kinsey starts digging and a truly frightening story begins to unfold.
Grafton uses alternating points of view to narrate the story. She moves the reader between Kinsey and Solana, who seems to always be one step ahead of Kinsey. While Kinsey deals with a second, and very interesting case involving insurance fraud throughout the book, it is the pure evil of Solana, and Kinsey's pursuit of her, that will keep readers from putting this book down until the very last page.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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