Why do I keep hoping that Ms. Hamilton will turn this series around. I loved the Anita Black books but the latest ones have just been worthless for me. IF you have a need to keep up with the series I would recommend borrowing from your library. At only 158 pages, and this hardcover costing $16.95 there are much better uses for your money! This book reminds me of Micah, which I also hated as a comparison. Just my 2 cents worth.