Narrator: Kristen Bell
Series: Veronica Mars,
Also in this series: Veronica Mars
Published by Random House Audio on 25 March 2014
Genres: Abduction, Adult, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Espionage, Friendship, Girls & Women, Mystery & Detective, Suspense
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes
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Place(s) Traveled To: Neptune, California // Bakersfield, California // Stanford, California
First Line(s): The buses began to roll into Neptune, California, late Friday afternoon and didn’t slow up until Monday.
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas is the start of a new series featuring our favorite sleuth Veronica Mars. Tan Line picks up just a few weeks after the events of the Veronica Mars movie end and in some ways I think that does the book a little bit of an injustice. With the movie you could watch it without being a fan of the show and still enjoy it. Albeit, not as much as the fans as all the inside jokes from the show were missed. But for me, Thousand Dollar Tan Line seems more dependent on the movie and doesn’t really stand on its own as well. Ability to stand on its own aside, Thousand Dollar Tan Line, reads a bit like an episode of the show only instead of a first person narration the book is a weird third person narration that distances the reader from the story. Part of what worked on Veronica Mars was the voice over narration from Veronica and that was something that was missing from the book.
I did like that Kristen Bell was the one who narrated the book but because of the third person narration it just seemed weird and there were certain phrases that would take me out of the story. It was jarring to hear Veronica call herself Veronica and other characters in a clinical, out of body way was just so very odd and while I loved hearing Kristen voice the book there were times when I wish I read read it in print form instead.
As for the mystery, well, its a typical mystery in the land of Neptune only the stakes are a bit higher than back when Veronica was in high school and college. The stakes are a little higher and the clues are a little murkier and as such this one comes across as a bit muddled at times. There were also times when the story dragged a bit for me and and it took a bit long to connect the dots. But there were a few surprises tossed into the story that kept things interesting although there was a distinct lack of Logan in the story. Overall, Thousand Dollar Tan Line was a decent read but it wasn’t a great one. I did enjoy returning to Neptune and I do look forward to more books in this series as I hope that things will smooth out as Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham hit their stride in transitioning Veronica Mars from visual media into print. If you are a fan of the show and movie then this book is worth the read but if you haven’t watched either then this might not be the right book for you.