Review: Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Review: Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
Y is for Yesterday
Book Info

Released: August 22 2017
Series: Kinsey Millhone #25
Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins

Recommended Read!

“Engaging and riveting, this book proves why Sue Grafton is the top in her genre.”
~ Under the Covers

Y is for Yesterday is the second last book in the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. This book is classic Grafton but with a darker twist. If you’re kept up with this series you may have noticed that the books are getting more and more darker. But I think this one might be one of the darkest in the series.

It involves a rape case where the violent act was filmed. When the perpetrator is released from prison years later, those events come back up its up to Kinsey to figure out what is going on. In addition to that, there’s something more happening with her own past that comes back to haunt her. So yeah, like I said, this is definitely more darker in tone. I think it could trigger a few things if you’re someone who has had a similar experience, so be warned of that.

Nevertheless, I do think this is a wonderful read. Engaging and riveting, this book proves why Sue Grafton is the top in her genre. It’s much darker than I prefer, but regardless of that, it doesn’t take away from the storyline.

I can’t believe that the series will be ending with the next book. It’s going to be a bittersweet experience for sure. I have really fallen in love with Grafton’s writing and Kinsey and I’m hoping that she finds a way to continue writing this series because I don’t want it to end. I’m still in awe with how she’d able to create so many different storylines without making it feel repetitive or boring.




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About Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey's own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I'd take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I'm not good at good-byes. I've suffered way too many in my day and I don't like the sensation. On the other hand, I'm not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you've given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton's readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey's creator? Well, she's been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and four grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone—but what a splendid imagination it is.


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  1. Finally started this series. I thought the first book was predictable but still a good read. I will try b is for burglar.

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