Evil Never Dies is the final book in the Lizzy Gardner series and I think it did a fine job of wrapping up the series. Before I purchased the book I glanced at a few reviews and was a bit worried. Many people said that the change in the characters were too drastic. After finishing the book myself, I have to disagree. I think rage and mourning hits everyone differently and that was shown well here. The character of Hayley has always been a bit of a rule breaker and the line she steps over in this book feels very logical for her. She’s not like Lizzy, or Jessica, or Kitally. She’s different. As far as Lizzie goes, she did come to realize that doing the “dirty work” herself wasn’t something she could handle. She realized that it wasn’t who she wanted to be. She was in a dark place due to the death of Jared (which I feel wasn’t needed but that’s another post) and I can understand how her world view changed, just like it changed again when she found out she was pregnant.
Now with that out of the way, onto the story. There are a few story lines going on here. There’s one involving a list that the girls keep. It features horrible people who they’ve decided to handle themselves outside of the law. You have a case of a mysterious nursing home death. Then there’s the random young pregnant girl that shows up but the main story centers around a serial killer. Because of course it’s a serial killer. Like most of the books in the series, you do get to see a things from the various criminals points of view. Even though there were a few different stories happening, I never felt lost or confused. It was very clear who was who. There’s nothing worse then really being into a book only to be confused by various narratives. The only story line I would have dropped was the pregnant girl. I feel like it was put there only to point out to Lizzy that she was pregnant was well. Seeing how she lives with two other people who know her well, I just don’t feel it was needed. I think removing that would have left more room to explore the list more or even the nursing home case. Honestly, that could have been dropped too. I’m not sure why the author felt the need to include so many stories in the final book. The only thing I can think of was to show the different styles that the three women use when it comes to how they investigate cases.
As with the previous books, “Evil Never Dies” was another quick and easy read. The supporting cast was solid as always and it was nice to see that characters from previous stories returned in this final chapter. Personally I feel there might be another story left, or maybe a spin off that centers on Hayley. I think she could really shine on her own. All in all, I was really pleased with the story and I’m glad I didn’t let the few reviews I skimmed keep me from checking it out.
Have you read any of the Lizzy Gardner books? If you have what did you think? Or if you haven’t, what books are you reading at the moment? Let me know!