Novel: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
Narrated by: Kristen Bell
Published: March 25th 2014 by Vintage Books
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Synopsis: Ten 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 not a 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.
“The twin pillars of outrage journalism: slut shaming and victim blaming.”
“There weren’t many people in this world who would let you be vulnerable and still believe you were strong.”
Being a huge Veronica Mars fan I absolutely had to pick this up. I’ve seen both the TV show and the movie and I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye yet. Veronica is such an amazing character, I never want her to leave. And then I saw the audiobook. Which is narrated by Kristen Bell herself. HOW COULD I PASS THAT UP? So I listened to the audiobook. And I swear, it really feels like you’re listening to Veronica -thanks to Kristen Bell.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would actually like the book. Maybe it would feel like they were just stretching her story too much? But I loved it!
So as always, the story takes place in Neptune but this time, during Spring Break. It also starts about where the movie ends! So if you haven’t seen it, you will be spoiled. Just saying. During spring break, two girls go missing. Sheriff Lamb isn’t really doing much about it, other than saying the girls will turn up drunk somewhere so Mars Investigations is hired to find the girls.
I have to say that the mystery in this book had me going. I never knew what to expect. Hayley went missing after a party, so Veronica goes to investigate. That sets off a whole series of events, including an unfortunate meetup with legacies of one of the biggest drug cartels in Mexico.
The story just takes you on a wild ride. I started suspecting absolutely everyone. And yet, I still got it wrong! I definitely didn’t see those revelations coming!
I just love Veronica’s investigating. She’s smart, funny, witty and sarcastic. She doesn’t give up easily either. And I love how she is supported by her friends -even though I wish there was even more Mac in the book. The side characters are absolutely amazing, as always. I have to say that I wish there was more Logan. I love Logan. But we got a lot more of Mac and Keith so that makes up for it! It was interesting to see different dynamics between the characters. For example, Keith and Veronica’s relationship is quite tense. Keith doesn’t approve, while Veronica wants nothing more than to work with her dad. Mac is now Veronica’s employee, which makes her feel glad and guilty at the same time -the latter especially when they don’t have a case, and so no money.
There are also some other interesting side characters, but you’ll need to find out those twists for yourself!
If you are a Veronica Mars fan, GO AND GET THE (AUDIO)BOOK! And if you’ve never seen Veronica Mars, where have you been? Go and do so right now. It may seem like a lot because it’s a show and a movie, but I swear it’s so worth it. You’ll be binging episodes in no time.