Dr. Kody Garrett is a young veterinarian new to the North Park Animal Clinic. After the untimely death of her previous employer and mentor, she came to work for Dr. Herbert Donaldson. While she enjoys her work at the clinic, she has been less than happy with her new employer. His poor attitude and constant criticism has taken its toll on Kody. For the first time in the eight months that she has worked for the clinic, Dr. Donaldson is leaving Kody in charge of the clinic while he attends a medical conference. She is determined to prove to her boss that she is capable of the responsibility with which he has entrusted her. The young vet’s confidence is shaken when less than twenty-four hours after being left in charge of the clinic, previously healthy dogs begin to die unexpectedly.
BJ Braden is a seasoned Animal Control Officer. When she is called by Dr. Garrett concerning the unexplained animal deaths her suspicions are immediately aroused.
Risking the ire of her boss Kody teams up with BJ to solve the mystery of what they soon learn are a rash of animal poisonings in their city going back several years. Amidst their growing attraction to each other they struggle to protect the animals to whom they have devoted their lives.
A new rash of poisonings sets the pair in high gear and eventually costs Kody her job when she defies her boss and continues to help BJ investigate the newest animal deaths. Kody’s life is further complicated by one of the veterinary technician’s growing obsession with her. The woman relentlessly tries to pursue a personal relationship with Kody. When Kody repeatedly turns down the woman’s overtures she begins to stalk her.
Kody and BJ’s relationship grows even as events begin to spiral out of control. While dealing with the threats of the stalker the two continue to pursue the pet killer and eventually bring them to justice.
[Review originally posted on Amazon 9/24/09]
This book was difficult to rate for stars because it wasn’t nearly as bad as some other books I’ve given a 2 star rating to, but I consider 3 stars to be average and All Gone isn’t up to average in my view.
I did read a sample of the book first and just from that I dithered for quite a while over if I wanted to go ahead and pay for it and read the whole thing. I like animals though and was intrigued enough by it to overlook the unpolished writing revealed in the sample and did go ahead and purchase and read the book.
The book is appealing in some ways. It was an interesting story and the two main characters being a vet and animal control officer was something I hadn’t read about before. The humor is pretty good, especially where the animals are concerned.
But the writing felt very forced to me in many parts of the book. For example, not too far into the book there’s an info dump, rather than working the character’s background into the fabric of the story. The forced feeling was most especially prevalent in regards to the relationship between BJ and Kody. Nolan stressed too hard throughout the book in awkward ways how attracted to each other they were, so their connection never really felt natural. By going out of her way to belabor the point it detracted from, rather than added to, any sense of romance.
The secondary characters were interesting within the plot, and yet at the same time several of them were shallow and unoriginal. They came across more as caricatures of types of characters than real people. This is especially true in the case of the stalkerish vet assistant.
My overall opinion is that if you have run out of lesbian books to read and really want to read this one go for it. But I feel that for the money and time spent you’d be much better off choosing something else instead.
Kindle note: The Amazon ebook edition was pretty well done.