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Breaking Measures Paperback – September 23, 2015
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How often do you find a writer who can not only create works that fall under different genres, but also captivate you in the same way he/she did before? I've read many books, and I can definitely tell you that it is rare.
I don't typically like books that would fall under the category of "thriller" or "mystery" but I can honestly tell you, that I loved this book. So even if you feel that thriller/mystery is not exactly your type of genre - I recommend this read! You will be pleasantly surprised :)
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
I particularly like mysteries where you just cannot predict the ending ahead of time and, in that regard, I was not disappointed. I never would have guessed the killer ahead of time - they weren't even on my list of mental suspects!
I felt that Leila's character was well developed and the story kept a nice pace. I'm left wanting to know more about several characters and relationships - especially Leila and Orion but also some of the other minor characters as well. Even though the plot was closed up well and doesn't feel unfinished, I still find myself wanting more and can't wait for A Woven Silence.
I listened to the audio version of this book and feel that the narration by Rebecca Roberts was great - she did accents for some of the characters and the tones that she used really brought characters to life and it was easy to differentiate who was speaking at all times.
***I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast.
Breaking Measures is the prequel novella to Emma Raveling's forthcoming novel A Woven Silence. As such, it was a very quick read, but provided an excellent introduction to Leila Cates and her privileged upbringing and messed up family. I found the setting in the classical music scene quite unique. This was my first book by Emma Raveling. Her writing style is very descriptive and lyrical and suited the setting.
Her protagonist, Leila, came across as slightly naive, which - to a degree - is understandable due to her seriously overbearing parents and the isolated way in which she grew up. Although I was pretty sure who the killer was from early on, I just couldn't work out the motive, so that left plenty of mystery and suspense to keep me engaged throughout. I enjoyed the ending and actually felt some empathy for Leila in the end, which I had failed to feel throughout the rest of the book. It'll be interesting to see what Leila's life will be like in A Woven Silence.
Thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.