Series: Veronica Mars #1
Published by Random House Audio on 03/25/2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Mystery
Narrator: Kristen Bell
From Rob Thomas, the creator of groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.
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.
Unsurprisingly I’m a Veronica Mars fan (I mean, who isn’t). So of course, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham was a book I had to read. And when I discovered that Kristen Bell herself narrates the audiobook, well, you can imagine that I was pretty darn excited. Although it took me some time to actually devote to the audiobook, I decided to start 2015 off right by listening to The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first Veronica Mars book; however I definitely think that fans of the show and movie will enjoy The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line the most. The novel takes place after the events of movie. Veronica is running her dad’s PI business while he recovers from some health issues.
My love for Veronica is still something fierce. She’s snarky and so intelligent. I loved seeing her piece together the information she has to figure out what had happened to the missing girls. She take some wrong turns, but she is one thorough investigator and never leaves a stone unturned. But as smart as she is, we get to see her vulnerable side as well, which is why, I think, so many people love her. As tough as she can be, she’s still human, and gets scared and emotional.
I’m sorry to say that Logan (Veronica’s boyfriend) doesn’t appear much in The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, but the few scenes he’s in totally made me swoon. That boy. Even though he is more mature than he was in the show (which is probably a good thing), he still gets my heart rate up. A better match for Veronica isn’t out there.
I also loved seen Veronica’s friends Mac and Wallace. Wallace is just the bestest friend out there, especially for Veronica. He doesn’t judge her at all, he just worries about her and wants to make sure she’s doing okay. And of course Keith, Veronica’s dad, has some great moments. He’s not really all that happy that Veronica is running the PI business. He wants her safe and out of Neptune. But the love these two have for each other is strong, and it really is apparent.
As for the plot, since this is a mystery, I found the mystery interesting, and I was definitely surprised by some bits of it. The clues are dropped along the way at a good pace, and it makes the book hard to put down. But, that said, as I’m writing my review, I really had to think what this book was about. I could remember my feelings for the characters, but the actual plot has almost completely slipped from my mind. It’s only been a week since I finished the book.
So basically, I enjoyed every minute of listening to Kristen Bell narrate The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, but mostly because I love the show and the characters so much. Would I feel the same way if I just picked this up without knowing anything about the show? I don’t think so. BUT, I do know and love the show, so I loved reading this.