Clark takes her readers on a journey to the truth and multiple encounters with interesting people in the Windy City. While the storyline thankfully didn't progress the way I thought it would, simultaneously, it wasn't complex or thought-provoking either. Not that it wasn't compelling which makes for tough reading and reviewing. The people of Raines' neighborhood, her analyses of them and vice versa, rings true. That made the book for me even though some of Raines' decisions skirt on the not-so-smart. I realize she's a private investigator now and not a detective with all the bells and whistles. Some choices in the heat of conflict were head-scratchers though they put me in the midst of that conflict with her. Good writing.
Be warned, readers. There is R-rated language in Broken Places. Spirits, souls, and bodies break in spades, especially for Cass Raines. This suspenseful mystery paints the portrait of a strong, insightful heroine, friends, and foes alike amidst an ordinary plot. Still, not a bad start, Ms. Clark. Three stars.