I liked this story. It was well written, and the world building didn’t need to be exhaustive to be able to picture a small country town in the middle of an arid landscape. However, the characters did frustrate me at times, especially Jess and her mini meltdowns and the way she just couldn’t keep her mouth shut to save herself. Grampa and his old mates are more than a little crude and sexist, yet for the most part they do come off as harmless old farts hanging who mouth off as a way to hold onto their reputations (and egos) of yesteryear. Sophy, on the other hand is a great antagonist. She’s driven, cunning, and looks like an old Vegas showgirl who has nothing but cotton candy between her ears. Cross her at your own peril.
Mac’s role is to be the love interest and foil for our MC. He’s okay, but I didn’t find him as engaging as Claire did. And speaking of Claire, I liked her relationship with her grandfather and the other old boys, but at times her need to stick her nose into things was frustrating. Yet, I did enjoy reading about her adventures. The treasure hunt aspect was interesting, and the race to come up with the money to save Ruby’s also helped ramp up the tension between the characters.
3 stars ⭐️
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 6 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 March 2014|
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Reviewed in Australia on 12 December 2016
Great writing as usual but this time around I think I needed more back story on our two heroes here..I felt a bit bare in terms of understanding motivations and it was frustrating watching some things happen here time and again..still the story kept me guessing so that's pretty new and well done all round.
Reviewed in Australia on 17 January 2019
What could make a Winnebago dance? If you love a mystery filled with laughter and love, Jackrabbit Junction's the place for you.
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DisappointedReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2020
Recently I have been having some bad luck with books. The last few have been so boring. I was looking forward to this as it is not my usual choice, I was looking forward to something different. I am so disappointed, nothing happens, it's slow it's blah blah blah, I didn't make it to 50%. The reviews do not make sense to me, I wanted it to be good so I could read more from this author but no. I will not bother with any more, I'm still searching for my next book, it's getting harder to find a book where stuff happens. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah , see Boring isn't it. I'm fed up with paying 5 to 10 pounds for boring rubbish. It's about time you can claim money back on kindle if you don't get past 50% of the book. I would gladly have this book deleted from my account for a small refund.
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This is the first in a series, when I read it I immediately bought the next two in the series. Great fun, a heroine who doesn't mind getting her hands dirty or breaking the law a little for a good cause. A scary mother and mixed up family all makes for a highly entertaining read.
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