Author: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Published: January 20th 2015 by Vintage
Genres:Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Blurb: The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman’s story.
The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?
I am a huge Veronica Mars fan and so when I heard a series of novels based off the events of the movie were being made I knew I absolutely had to read them. The first in this series ‘The Thousand Dollar Tan Line’, I really thought was extremely well done and I was eager to see how the events in the first book would continue in the next. I wasn’t sure exactly what my expectations for this series were other than wanting lots of classic Veronica Mars sassy comebacks and a nice dose of schadenfreude directed at some very deserving bad guys, all the things that made the show so charming. I was however curious to see what direction Veronica’s new/old sleuthing life would take and whether the books would push the plot of the movie that much forward.
This story once again ties back into Veronica’s past in surprising ways. It involves a horrible crime against a young girl and as the the story progresses it becomes more and more personal for Veronica to solve it. I think I was pretty sure who it was early on in the story and as a result perhaps the mystery was the less exciting aspect of this story. However I think it is more the way she resolves it that has the appeal rather than the mystery in of itself. The more engaging aspects of the story for me were the ones on the outskirts of the main plot involving the fate of Weevil after the events of the movie and also the re-election of Sheriff Lamb. As well Logan is back for five months from service and we get lots of time with them together, which for Logan/Veronica shippers like me there can’t be enough of.
The thing I am loving the most about this series is just how perfectly it captures the voices and nuances of the characters from the show. I can easily imagine Veronica or Logan or Keith saying these lines, to the point where it really feels like an episode of Veronica Mars. I really hope they keep writing these books as I am just loving getting more time in the Veronica Mars universe and the ending of the book really left me intrigued for how the series is going to. If you are a fan of Veronica Mars I think these books are a most read, check them out!
*Here are more Logan and Veronica gifs, why? Just cuz.