Review: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Series: Veronica Mars #1

the thousand dollar tan line -rob thomasFrom Rob Thomas, the creator of groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is not a simple missing person’s case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

3 Drink Me Potions

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line was a very quick read. It was impossible to put down. Rob Thomas picks up right where the 2014 movie stops. Therefore, it’s essential that the movie be watched first before this book is read, as there are plot continuity from the movie.

However, the 3 star rating was from the lack of romance, although I’m loving the LoVe that is still running through. The mystery was not Thomas’ best work, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, his red herrings were still brilliant, but I found plot holes where he could have gone and elaborated a bit more. For example, what’s with the drug cartel plotline he threw in there? The dangerous Gutierrez cousins were certainly an interesting aspect. I am hoping there would be more continuity in the next book, Mr. Kiss and Tell. Here’s to fingers crossed!

As for the actual conclusion to the mystery, it was a little disappointing. Yes, it was unexpected, but I guess I was hoping for something crazier and more “OMG that never crossed my mind but it makes absolute sense somehow”. That was how I felt of Season 1 and 2’s conclusions of Veronica Mars.

Either way, here’s to fans who’ve waited forever. The characters we love and of course, LoVe rekindling, this has been a much-anticipated read that is still very enjoyable !

Overall Recommendation:
My quick pointers in regards to this story is….
1. LoVe wasn’t to my satisfaction. Here’s the anticipation of more LoVe in the next installment!
2. Mystery was compelling, with lots of red herrings, but it just wasn’t to par with Thomas’ normal level of cleverness, in my honest opinion.
3. VERY IMPORTANT! Watch the TV series, but most DEFINITELY the MOVIE FIRST. There is too much continuity to not have at least seen the movie before reading. Plus, there would be more of an understanding behind each character if the TV series was watched also.

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