This summer I read and reviewed a book called Little Joe. It was the first in what was going to be a set of books focused on a small town called Round Rock. The book was somewhat slow, and the writing style wasn't my favorite; but it was a pretty sweet coming of age story about a young boy moving in with his grandparents after his parents' death.
When I saw The Trial of Dr. Kate available for review, I was interested because it was the second book in the Round Rock series.
This one was very different however. A Shenandoah is a reporter who grew up in Round Rock and never wanted to return. When she sees that a childhood friend, Kate, is a doctor on trial for murder, she returns to Round Rock to do what she can to help.
I confess that I couldn't read the whole thing in detail. I did skim the entire book to know the story line and how it turned out.
The writing in this one was choppy and matter of fact, as I commented about Little Joe. But, unlike Little Joe, this one didn't have many redeeming features. There was quite a bit of bad language and crudity. The story didn't seem to make sense at times (even when I slowed down and read more carefully). And, not to be a spoiler, but the way things ended was just bad.
There wasn't too much I could like about this one. Although I had higher expectations based on the previous book, I won't be looking for any others by the author.
I give this one 2 stars and an R rating for content and language.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.