“In this story, Chess is attempting to solve a case for Bump, not the Church, which meant that she and Terrible worked closely together. That was a good thing as there was quite a bit of focus on the dynamics of their relationship. While I found the case really interesting, Chess and Terrible’s deepening feelings eclipsed it all for me.
Terrible makes some pretty strong declarations that seem to be penetrating Chess’ drug-numbed brain and she’s beginning to take those first tough steps to self appreciation. Chess isn’t even close to where she needs to be but you can see the first signs that she’s going to give situations a second and third consideration before acting. She had several instances in this story where her typical reactions would be to do something self destructive and Chess was able to pull back, reconsider and do something different. There was an occasion where, even though she eventually did the right thing, it went pretty far. This is a huge development for her, even though my stomach turned at how far she let things go.
Chess’ relationship with Elder Griffin is also tested and we learned some things about him that were surprising. Edsel also has more of a role this time and that was a good thing.
I don’t know where the next story in this series will head but I’m hoping we see Chess’ drug usage evolve as she gains confidence through her relationship with Terrible and others. These stories are still pretty amazing for me and I cannot wait for the next installment.
Great review. I tried to write one but I couldn't do it without making a book out of it. So many things about Chess frustrated me in this one!
Thanks, Bogiewine. I normally write a book, too, but thought I'd just focus on my takeaway from the story. I'm hoping my instincts are correct because the drug usage is starting to wear on me...and on Terrible!
Most definitely! But as you said, there are moments of progression and clarity on her part, so we can hope!