By Nevada Barr
Minotaur Books, $25.99, 368 pages

The Rope is the latest installment in Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series. Here, Barr turns back the clock to reveal the back story behind her popular character. The Rope opens in Utah’s Glen Canyon in 1995. Pigeon, a new park employee who has fled a terrible trauma in New York, goes hiking alone only to wake up naked and injured in a natural dry well with no memory of how she arrived in her predicament. From there, Barr tells a  gritty but well crafted tale. Without giving too much away, this mystery is particularly satisfying because it continues beyond where the reader may believe initially that it will end, giving the work a refreshing lack of predictability.

For fans of this series, The Rope will provide answers about a character they have grown to love. For those just starting to read this series, The Rope will provide great incentive to read the other books in the series. Either way, this book will make a great summer read that will prove hard to put down.

Reviewed by Annie Peters