Dead Spots (Scarlett Bernard Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The other leg of the romantic triangle, however, felt arbitrary. Being around the police detective seemed to turn the main character into a teenage girl periodically, which was greatly at odds with her character in the rest of the book. And I felt that the detective was a little too accepting of the weirdness he had been thrust into, and way too quickly. The final conflict felt kind of rushed though wasn't too bad. Also, there were some characters that probably should have had more screen time, but hopefully they'll show up in future novels. My only other issue was the constant switching of perspectives. I've tried to get over this major pet peeve I have against switching the story-telling point of view, but it is especially irritating when a book is written in 1st person and then switches to someone else's 1st person or pulls out to an eagle-eye 3rd person view before snapping back to the main character. This second situation is what happened in this book, and it was completely unnecessary, as the periodic detachment of point-of-view to the detective really didn't add anything to the narrative most of the time. Oh, and some of the memory flashback sequences really interrupted the flow of the book and weren't necessary.
Now you don't have to read Scarlett Bernard's series before delving into the Boundary Magic one, but it is recommended if you want to also read the novella that pretty much bridges the two series together. I happen to want to read that and decided to pursue this series so that I am ready for what was to come.
I first tried the audiobook, but I didn't care for the narrator. So, I bought the book instead. The hard copy, not an electronic form. I had a feeling I was going to like it. Suffice to say, I did.
Scarlett is a young woman with some serious issues. Her parents are dead and her relationship with her brother is rocky. Top that off with her ability and lifestyle, you have a pretty jaded character. I'm not saying she's out of hope, but she isn't really living. She's just moving through the motions. That is until one clean job goes very awry.
Jesse Cruz is a police officer. He's rather new to the precinct and has an idealism to him. He never knew about the Old World until a chance encounter and a very bloody crime scene thrusts him into this world.
Scarlett and Jesse have to work together to solve the crime. Their relationship is young and has a mentor/student quality to it. They feed off each other rather well and it does look like a good partnership is in the works. The book played off as a great beginning of an urban fantasy mystery/thriller.
The writing is good, but the switch between first and third person did throw me off a bit. It makes sense when you think about it though. The first person is in Scarlett's point of view and the third person has to do with Jesse. Since the reader is essentially a Jesse, having those chapters of normalcy makes sense. It just threw me off in the beginning. I wasn't expecting it.
All in all, the book was good enough that I went ahead and bought the second in the series. I wouldn't say it was the best book I've read from Olson (I've only read this one and another), but this is her debut novel. The fact that I love her writing in the other series says that her craft only gets better.
Our emotionally damaged heroine makes her life more complicated than it needs to be, but since we feel sorry for her (altho I didn't) it's okay, both hot hunky dudes find her sexy and appealing. Of course there's two of them, these days apparently every fictional heroine needs two men panting after her.
It was a decent murder mystery, and I enjoyed that part of it. But I'm not interested in continuing the series. Neurotic women are just not my cup of tea.