Title: Tangled Roots
Author: G.G. Vandagriff
Genre: LDS Fiction, Mystery
Date Finished: 6 August 2008
My Rating: 2 Stars
By the time I got to reading this third book in the Alex Campbell genealogy mystery series I was really questioning why I was still reading the series. I was hopeful that maybe the passage of time between the second and third book would equal a better book. My hopes were dashed in the first few pages.
In Tangled Roots Alex Campbell is investigating the family history of a teenage girl who has been institutionalized by her parents for supposed drug use. The premise for the story was just weak and once again I found it extremely farcical. The book brings back all the characters from the previous two books and introduces a few new ones but they were all still flat. The characters always seemed to have strong emotions but I only knew they had strong emotions because the author would employ such words as "she exploded at him." No depth. Many of the passages were just nauseating or had me rolling my eyes.
Alex's character was just annoying in this book. I really have a difficult time gaining interest in a character who is so whiny, needy and dense. A note to the author: if you are going to develop a love story between characters that are cousins can you stop having them refer to each other as cousins? Even if they are 2nd or 3rd cousins. Having someone declare love to someone else and then refer to her as his cousin, it just has a certain ick factor.
I also felt like I had read this book before as it seemed very similar to Cankered Roots.
There is another book in the series coming out soon but I am done with this author. They are quick reads but there are so many other books I would rather be reading. That and I hate writing these negative reviews. I really do. But I also really did not enjoy these books.