Review: Going to the Bad
Lilly Hawkins is at work at the local television station on Christmas Eve. She’s a “shooter” – someone who films location footage – but today she’s filling in at the assignment desk. A report of a shooting comes in over the police scanner and Lilly quickly realizes the address they’re giving is hers. Worried about her boyfriend, she rushes home and finds that her beloved uncle is the one who was shot. She knows she won’t be able to live with herself until she figures out what happened and why so she sets out to solve the crime.
Going to the Bad, by Nora McFarland, is the third book in the Lilly Hawkins series, but my first experience with it, and I had no problem whatsoever following the story or catching up on Lilly’s background.
The action in the book takes place in a little over thirty one hours so the pace is non-stop. Since she works for the news, Lilly knows the town and its residents fairly well and is able to piece things together without too much problem. Of course, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t put herself in jeopardy while she does it. The book was loaded with tension, but McFarland occasionally uses humor to lighten the mood. Some of the action is heart pounding but it’s not graphic, so even the squeamish will enjoy this book.
Lilly is a wonderful character. She might be a little afraid of commitment, but she’s strong, smart, determined, and hard working. She’ll stop at nothing to help those she loves. She’s just a little bit quirky, but that’s what makes her so much fun. I can’t wait to read more about Lilly Hawkins!
I really enjoyed Going to the Bad, even though I had to suspend disbelief a time or two. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries.