Almost twelve years ago when my partner and I started dating she introduced me to Katherine V. Forrest’s Curius Wine. It was a revelation and began my love affair with lesfic. I read a few of her Kate Delafield books but then life got in the way. When an opportunity to read Delafield came up, I couldn’t grab it fast enough and it reminds me of the immense talent Ms. Forrest has. She is a pioneer and the authors of today owe her a debt of gratitude.
Kate Delafield is an unforgettable character. In this, the tenth book in the series, we find Kate retired and living in a small desert community. She spends her days and nights waiting for the moment she dies. After spending twenty years in prison, wrongfully convicted of her daughter’s murder, Ellie Schuster is out and has vowed to kill Kate for her part in her confinement. Kate feels a tremendous amount of guilt for the way the case was handled as she let her rookie partner take the lead on the investigation.
This book is intense and I felt so bad for Kate. She is such a tortured character. After so many years in law enforcement she’s haunted by so much, the cases that’s she’s worked, the loves she’s lost. She is her harshest critic and doesn’t see all of the good inside of herself. This is a beautifully, haunting character study of a woman working to maintain her sobriety while trying to make amends for the mistakes of the past. I will be going back and reading the previous books in this series because this book has reminded me of just how brilliant and legendary Katherine V. Forrest is.
An ARC was received from NetGalley for an honest review.