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The story takes place in New Orleans. A serial killer is on the loose, and Brenda Shapira and her partner (in more ways than one) Roy Agnew are tasked with finding and arresting him. One big problem, all signs point to the fact that he is Thomas M. Carpenter, and he died in 1878. Since it's now 1978, this is a real conundrum. How do you locate a dead man roaming the city, and the murders must be related but how??
I love paranormal books, and this one didn't disappoint. It reads like a modern murder mystery though, and I kept wondering when the paranormal feeling would kick in. The fact that the author kept me on the edge of my seat, pondering chewing my fingernails (bad habit kicked a long time ago) while forcing me to think that this would turn out to be a modern day killer masquerading as a man long deceased....
Brenda has had her share of tragedy and seems to be holding on to reality very gingerly. Roy does seem to ground her, but as the investigation goes on, she seems to be going deeper and deeper into her own world, and it's not an altogether pleasant one. The outcome of the book is a real surprise, and Cynthia gave me a lot to think about regarding how we live our lives, and what we expect from ourselves and others.
If you like to be totally engrossed in a story (I couldn't put it down, finished in 1 night) and love surprise endings, I think you would really enjoy this. As for me, I'm off to buy The Irises, the next book in the series!
The First in the Southern Spectral Series
In The Feathers we follow police detectives Brenda Shapira and Roy Agnew as they search for a killer in 1978 New Orleans. The book opens with the scene of a brutal murder; the kind of scene even the most hardened homicide detectives find difficult. Graphic in detail, the innocence of the victim makes the method of murder even more disturbing. Add to that the actions of the housekeeper and the victim's siblings seem irrational. The murderer didn't hide his identity and the family welcomed him in. What held them in his thrall? The crime itself almost impossible-how could he have left without a trace? How could so violent a crime be so tidy?
Brenda and Roy are soon left to follow a trail they never saw coming and can scarcely believe. Given clues, it seems as if the murderer wants to be found. Appearing to Brenda, is he taunting her or giving her a dark promise of what's to come?
My favorite aspect of the book is what Lott provides in the chapters after each murder. As readers we meet the victims after their murders, but in these chapters Lott takes the first three victims and writes the moments leading up to their deaths. We see them full of life and talent and watch as they ultimately realize their fate.
The Feathers is a paranormal thriller that really has you on the edge of your seat. Lott sets us up. We know from the beginning how many murders are to come and we read, waiting for the shoe to drop. Our beliefs are also put to the test. Is it truly possible that the murderer is not of this world? Why is he here, how is he here, and why these seemingly unconnected victims? Lott makes the impossible, not only possible, but reasonable. At the end we are left with a possible solution, but can fate be tempered?
The Feathers is a captivating thrill fest that left me stunned. From the start Lott grabs her readers by the throat, shocking us, creating a need to read on to make sense of these seemingly senseless crimes.