Veronica Mars, the Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham, 2014)

18209454Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

(Text from Goodreads)

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I decided to write this review in English. Partly because I wanted it to be available to some of the amazing Read-a-Thon readers but also because there is such an amazing VM fan community across the world. So I wanted to make this easy accessible to everyone across the globe. I know I might be a bit slow to read this, but also a bit fast to read this compared to some.

As you can read it’s 10 years since Veronica left Neptune and 2 months since she came back to rescue high-school sweetheart Logan out of a dilemma. If you have seen the movie you know what happened and I won’t tell you just to be sure not to spoil it to the very last amount of people who have yet to see it. All I will say though, is the fact that we are right back to the centre of what Veronica is all about. Getting to the bottom of things and solving the sometimes very corrupt sides of life. It is a mystery thriller at its best, with some surprising plot twists along the way.

Perhaps the best thing about this book is the fact that we don’t need to spend an awful many amounts of chapters getting to know the characters, we are well aware of how much of a marshmallow Veronica is and how much of an adrenalin junkie she, and how she is not willing to give up until she knows everything – and by everything I mean everything. To make it even better we get to see more of the dynamic duo of Wallace and Mac, and hear a bit more about their lives and how strong the friendship still is between the three of them.

It becomes clear right away that Rob Thomas is behind the majority of this novel, the language and tone of the series is well marked in the book, and the fast-lipped one liners from Veronica are perhaps even better because I can re-read them and re-live her quick wit over and over again. And because we know it’s Kristen Bell it’s even easier to picture her reacting in all these situations.

“Oh, I guess you wouldn’t know, since you left the actual investigating for me to do. Well, buckle up, my friend, because I’m about to hand you actual clues to an actual crime, wrapped in a bow.”

You can almost imagine Kristen/Veronica clapping her hands together in mock celebration as she delivers this line. I think this was another thing I like really much about this book, the fact that it was so easy to pictures things made the story come so much more to life and that is something that can sometimes be lacking in some books. However, when you are dedicated Marshmallow it is much more enjoyable to read this story.

The plot gets solved, of course, it wouldn’t be Veronica if it didn’t, but it also leaves some doors open for us to wonder about what could happen next. I hope that is intentional to create a buzz about a second book while we all keep hoping for more of the series or just another movie. Either way would be really great. If you are yet one of those left clueless as to who Veronica is, check out this quick trailer for the show and then I advise you to the utmost strongest to go watch all three seasons and the movie this instant, you won’t regret it!

6-star

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