Fear Familiar Kindle Edition
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- File size : 7886 KB
- Publication date : April 10, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Publisher : KaliOka Press (April 10, 2017)
- ASIN : B06XRPCFZ1
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #395,049 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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On the plus side: the cat is very good. The romantic element is nice.
On the minus side: Haines makes a fundamental mistake right out of the box with regard to law enforcement, and compounds it with behavior which no LEO would do. She does not know the difference between the CIA and the FBI, and when you're writing something that purports to be a mystery, that matters. These books started off as Harelequin Intrigues, I believe, which means that the editor is at fault as well, but I wish Ms. Haines would join a group like crimescenewriters or at least do basic (VERY basic) homework. My old writing teacher used to qute the adage, "Your reader will swallow a camel but will choke on a gnat," and I choked on this one.
Our heroine, who has a Past through no fault of her own, rescues a limping black cat, takes it to a vet, and things get complicated from there. An animal-rights activist shows up out of nowhere to barge into her apartment (while she stands by with her mouth hanging open), a CIA (!) agent wants to interview her late at night, alone, in her apartment about classified activity, and someone she thought was dead, isn't. Meanwhile, the cat, now named Familiar, has strolled in and taken over her allegedly no-pets apartment (as a long-time cat owner, I know from experience that an unaltered male cat is not the trouble-free pet that, say, your average goldfish might be, although I will concede that cats are USUALLY quieter than dogs...usually...) (but the strolling-in and taking over part is spot on!). Our Heroine has no curiosity about any of this, having adopted the Greta Garbo approach to life ("I just want to be left alone"), but, of course, that doesn't last.
Read this one for the cat, not the mystery. Too many gnats the size of camels.
Familiar is smarter than the average cat, and although he was released from a Clinical Behavior facility (testing lab), he adopts Eleanor and helps lead her and the vet to the necessary clues to solve the mystery.
Black cats, dead husband come back to life, and CIA terrorist plots combine with violence from the seventies and animal rights activists. This book was exciting and bewildering from start to finish! I loved the way the author tied everything together with one last twist near the end, Ms Haines is a great storyteller, and this book is just the first of three books about Familiar and his cleverness. A lovely balance of emotions throughout, it will be enjoyed by anyone with a soft spot for an animal!
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