Book Review: “The Mist” Carla Neggers

“The Mist” is book three of four in the Ireland Series by Carla Neggers. It was published in 2009 and is 351 pages. It is a romantic suspense written in omniscient third person narrative style.

I bought the book second hand. I am not being paid for my review in anyway.

Book Synopsis (back cover summary):

Book three is the story of Lizzie Rush. She finds evidence against her boss about his involvement in a criminal network. He escapes. She ends up in Ireland. The hero Will Davenport arrives.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 2
  • Heroine: 1.5
  • Hero: 1.5
  • POV: 1
  • Read another book by this author: Maybe; if it showed up in a free box of books.

Review:

This novel reads like it is book three out of four. There is a main mystery that hangs over the book and isn’t solved. The book makes progress toward its resolution. However it was also confusing because of the references, and POV switches, to characters and events from other books. A lot of the book amounts to information dumping onto the reader.

I didn’t read any of the other books. If I had I might have understood more about the larger mystery, or how this one fits into the four book series. As it was it felt like the hero and heroine didn’t get enough time on the page. Their story seemed rushed and like it only took up a fraction of the book.

The main premise of the story also seems a bit far fetched. The billionaire boss is brought down and in FBI custody. Only to make a plea bargain. He has made threats against people and yet is released on bond and just disappears.

It is not a book series that can be read out of order.

Where this story falls short; and why it got only a 2:

  • Too many characters and point of views. The book switches between point of views of a lot of different characters. It wasn’t easy to keep up with whose point of view was being read. Some of the switches seemed to happen to just give one tiny detail.
  • The Hero and Heroine do end up together; however it seems to be more of an Happily Ever After for Now.
  • Awkward time jumps to past situations and events
  • Rehashes and retells a lot instead of focusing on the current story
  • The author also flips between using first and last names to refer to characters increasing the confusion.

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