The fifth book in the Grant County series was a solid story, but it wasn’t my favorite. That isn’t to say that there is anything wrong with it, but I didn’t find it as compelling as the previous three that I have read in the series. It was along the same lines as the first one where the mystery part of the case was simple and not as surprising as the previous cases.
Sara and Jeffrey literally stumble onto the case when they trip over a pipe sticking out of the ground. It leads to an almost self-contained religious group with some cult trappings. As with cults and super religious groups, the women are treated as second-class citizens and domestic abuse is a major factor in the case.
On the personal front, Sara and Jeffrey seemed to finally getting close enough to think about marriage again, when something from the past brings up all the old feelings Sara had. I understand her trying to reconcile her current feelings with the lack of trust she can quickly jump to when Jeffrey does anything slightly suspicious. It did work itself out in a realistic way by the end.
Then, there is Lena. This woman has had a rough life and her stubbornness has not led her to deal with her difficulties in the most productive manner. Her insecurities leads to her keeping things from her boss, Jeffrey that affects the case. She is still in an abusive relationship herself and finally sees a way out of it by the end of the book. I don’t fully believe she is out of it though so I can’t wait to start the last book in the series.