When I started reading, it had a strike against it immediately. When I read a book I like to be able to imagine the whole setting. If I can't imagine it, I usually end up not reading it. As it turns out I lived in Ventura for 16 years. Imagining a place that you know to not be there is not an easy task and I thought it would ruin the entire book for me. I love closing my eyes and seeing the place in the book as if it's really there and in my mind it is. Well that just was not working. However after I started getting into it, I literally could not put the book down. It was well written and I felt as if I knew the characters. I think Vaughn Aragon could be a character in his own book and I would be the first in line to buy it. He has so much behind the scenes going on it would be very interesting. I don't think I got to know Doug, the fianc‚, as much as I would have liked to but all in all, I think the characters were very interesting people. I really enjoyed the story and again, literally could not put it down until I got through the very last page.
I don't want to go into details so as to ruin part of the book but the main thing that confused me was the Angel. I understand the ending how it sort of fit but it just seemed that part of the story got lost. Had I focused on that instead of the well written characters, I would have not been able to read the book. I think it could have been eliminated and still be a wonderful story. I just didn't get the whole purpose.
But again, all in all, I really enjoyed the book and would really like to see a follow up. It says it is a stand-alone but I would so enjoy seeing these people in another book or even two. I would definitely buy it.
In Angel Lost, seventh in F. M. Meredith’s Rocky Bluff Police Department series--a cross between The Waltons and Hill Street Blues...Detective Doug Milligan is set to marry Officer Stacey Wilbur. As their wedding day approaches, he is unhappy…about her assignment to jog the beach in hopes of catching a pervert who has been exposing himself to women. Abel Navarro’s mother is showing signs of Alzheimer’s, the new transfer from LAPD has a problem that won’t be solved merely by transferring to a small town, and a reflection on a plate glass window downtown is seen by some as a sign from God because it appears to be an angel. Just as things seem to be coming to a head, a serial kidnapper -- and perhaps murderer -- who has been working his way south from Oregon, shows up…