Tough yet vulnerable Anna Pigeon, worried about her sister who is very ill in the hospital in New York, spends some time on the Ellis and Liberty Island National Monuments. While dealing with her sister’s crisis, she faces dangers of her own.
I enjoyed Anna as a heroine—she’s well written and very real. I enjoyed how Nevada Barr was able to describe the “behind-the-scenes” settings of the Monuments, the part the tourists never see, and make you feel like you are truly there. She is deft at writing suspense while still keeping her characters and their situations engaging.
I didn’t really care for the mystery or its resolution—in my mind, the plot took second place to the settings and characters. But I did enjoy the book and probably will read more.