About the Book
Author: Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
Series: Veronica Mars #1
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off.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 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.In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.
My Review of The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
Oh for my love of everything Veronica Mars, how I love The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. Not only does it give fans more Veronica Mars, but also the entire novel reads just like an episode of Veronica Mars. I could totally see it playing out in my head. I loved seeing the old gang back at it, but for anyone who has yet to see the movie, there will be spoilers since this book is set after the events of the movie.
My only complaint about The Thousand Dollar Tan Line is I wish there was more Logan and Veronica interaction. Due to Logan’s current situation at the end of the movie, he does not make that many appearances and for limited time when he does. I of course still loved it, even with less Logan.
The big boast for this novel is that it features someone from Veronica’s past who did not appear in the movie. I am not going to spoil it, but I will say it was an interesting twist to the story. Veronica has really grown up and taking on the high profile cases, and that is very evident in this novel. When teenage girls start disappearing on Spring Break, it may be up to Veronica to find out what happened.
The snarky voice over, the gang back together, and Veronica all grown up, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line is so much more than what I was hoping it would be, and the characters voices transfer to paper perfectly. Even though I have read the book, I have to listen to the audiobook someday, simply because Kristen Bell herself narrates it. I have heard hilarious things about her impressions of the other characters.
Since I read the book, I was not going to listen to the audiobook, but it is narrated by Kristen Bell. Since Veronica Mars is reading her own book, I had to listen and I am so glad I did. It is such a marvelous experience to listen to this story. With Kristen Bell narrating, it gives you the feeling like the episode is on the TV in the next room, and you are just listening to it. I almost wish I had skipped reading, and just listen to the audiobook first.
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