Reviews of U is for Undertow (2009)
Review by michael a draper (2010-05-15)
The story opens in 1988 when a young man comes to Kinsey Millhone's office and tells her that he remembers when he was six, two men in the woods were burying something. This happened just after a four-year-old girl was kidnapped and never returned.Recent publicity in the news has reminded him of the past events. He believes that he could identify the men if he saw them again.
He hires Kinsey for one day, to help find the grave site and then find the men. They don't find what they were looking for but the publicity sets off other actions.
Kinsey has the intuitive sense to research how the grave site changed from what the young boy saw.
The story is told by the action moving between the 1960s and 1988. We see different view points and various subplots as Kinsey deals with family issues and events led up to the little girl's kidnapping. These subplots intorduce a number of memorable characters.
The story is well done as the action moves back and forth and the reader's attention is maintained throughout.
The author provides various themes and one strong one is the importance of family.
(This review refers to the 2009 version titled “U is for Undertow”)