The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was my first book in the series (yes, I'm a late starter!) but I'm looking forward to more. And despite what several reviews say, you don't need to have read previous books, at least not in the same way it's helpful to have read David Mitchell's previous books to understand some of his world.
There is a real mystery here but, well, it quickly devolves into a more paranormal/thriller type book: the whodunnit/whydunnit part almost vanishes. My guess is that this is how other books in the series start. Some of the characters are original, like Billy Ocean, while others felt more like stock types, like Moxie Casten. That this is set in Maine (mostly) makes it fun - I could easily go to Portland and try to trace the various sites (as one can in Rebus' Edinburgh or Morse's Oxford).
If only I'd read this on a greyer, cloudier, rainier day.
eARC provided by publisher.