Picking up where the Kickstarter-funded movie left off, our favourite snarky heroine is in Neptune doing what she does best: investigating. When two girls go missing from the same week-long house party, Veronica is hired to find them. As the case unfolds, she finds herself faced with some unsavory characters with criminal ties that has her friends worried for her safety and wondering if she’s gotten in over her head.
Oh, how I’ve missed you Veronica. I’ve been a big fan of the show and am a proud Kickstarter backer for the movie. Now, riding the momentum of the release of the highly anticipated flick, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line is the first novel in this mystery series . The collaboration between Thomas and Graham provided such a distinct voice in the narrative and storytelling, I felt like I was reading an episode of the show. I don’t often listen to audiobooks, but I was curious about this one since Kristen Bell reads it. While I still finished the book in paperback form, the audio portion that I listened to was just like hearing Veronica Mars narrate an episode.
The book is a fairly quick read, and is plotted just like the TV show with all the mystery-solving, case-investigating, sarcastic-commenting elements that fans of the show love. The twists, the inept Sheriff, the awesome fatherly love… it’s all there. That being said, I do think that those who hadn’t seen the show may still enjoy it as the authors do a good job at giving enough explanation without it being redundant, but they probably may not enjoy it as much as the fans would. I did wish there was more Logan, and yet on the other hand, I did appreciate that it wasn’t all about the two of them. The fangirl in me wishes there was more squee-type moments but I loved that it was more focused on the mystery solving. The scenes that the two did share though were so heart-wrenching that I could feel their frustration and just wanting to connect for a moment.
I definitely hope there’s potential for future movies, but this book has allowed for the people of Neptune to live on once the closing credits had rolled. Rob Thomas and the Veronica Mars team have done such an amazing job pulling off the Kickstarter campaign, making a movie that fans love and tying in a book series to continue on where the movie left off. Brilliant. I cannot wait for the next books in a, hopefully, long-living series.