Book 3 was definitely not up to par with the first two, the biggest reason being the switch from first person narration to third person. It completely changes Constance's voice which is a huge plus in the first two books and a real negative here. Another negative result of this decision is the continually shifting POVs even in the same paragraph which makes for choppy reading. Why change something that worked so well? I can understand that Fleurette's, Minnie's and Edna's parts need to be told from their own POV, but why not keep the scenes from Constance's POV written in first person?
I also found the ending unsatisfactory to a degree, mainly because of one pertinent question which is left unanswered. Once Edna and Minnie run off to France without a word to anyone to do war work (which Ms. Stewart certainly seems to insinuate will happen), won't Constance be in trouble since she is, in today's terms, their probation officer?
There were some positives in "Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions". All three sisters played integral roles, unlike the last book. There are some wonderful secondary characters such as Carrie, the reporter, and the different prisoners under Constance's watch. I especially liked both girls integral to this particular story, Edna and Minnie. The story is fast-paced and hard to put down. I also found the historical plotline concerning "wayward" young women interesting, if infuriating. Makes one grateful for the progress made regarding women's rights. And what will become of Constance once there's a new sheriff in town? I'll miss her working with Sheriff Heath. Oh, and I also appreciate the detailed historical notes Amy Stewart always includes at the back of the book.
But I do hope Ms. Stewart reverts back to a first person narrative for Constance as it reads so much better.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Scribe Publications (11 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911344595
- ISBN-13: 978-1911344599
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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