- File Size: 457 KB
- Print Length: 104 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: White Star Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078RH7YGP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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First Touch: An Autumn Rain Mystery Novella (Imprints Book 0) Kindle Edition
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Ms. Branton is a talented writer with an easy to read style. I enjoyed the story and would have liked it to be longer, since the premise would have easily allowed for a full length novel.
Autumn Rain, who can read imprints left on objects, and Detective Shannon are forced to work together when a little girl goes missing. The tension development between these two characters is well done without being cliché, and the setting adds to the desperation felt by the characters, forcing Shannon to look for help outside his comfort zone.
As a prequel intended to paint a clear picture of Autumn's sudden abilities, the story didn't quite accomplish the task. We are giving glimpses of what happened, a bombing - which I presume was terrorism related - kills Autumn's father and somehow triggers her new found abilities. Unfortunately, that's all we get about that, so not comprehensive at all.
Is the story original? Not really. The dynamic between the characters is well developed and interesting, however, the story follows a cookie cutter arc with little to no surprises. I never felt pulled into the suspense and there was minimal tension build up. The resolution of the case was rather bland and followed the dots with no twists - everything was just too easy.
Are the characters well developed? Yes, absolutely. Each character is well defined and has a unique voice. The only disappointing character was the antagonist. I wanted more details about his deranged personality, to really get into his head and fear him - hate him. Yes, he was a vile person, but we only get that through Autumn reading imprints, and not through interactions with the character. Bottom line, we're told and not shown that crucial piece of information which would have built the tension necessary in a suspense thriller.
Does the story move at a good pace and keep you wanting more? Yes, but as I mentioned above, it was way to straightforward and missing any kind of twist or aha moment.
Is the manuscript well edited? Yes. I did have a bit of trouble with how I was moved in and out of the imprint readings, but nothing major.
Any recommendations? Yes. The plot will improve greatly with the introduction of a few twists here and there, making it more suspenseful and not so straightforward. The buildup and release of mini-tensions is essential to any suspense story.
Do you recommend this book? Yes.
A traumatic event in the life of Autumn Rain seems to have triggered an unexpected ability in her. When she puts her hand on an item, she is able to sense the emotions of a person associated with that particular object. This capability allows her to do all sorts of things, and finding someone missing is especially rewarding. After a young girl disappears, the father gets Det. Shannon Martin to request the aid of Autumn. Though the Portland cop is very skeptical, he does ask and just might be stunned by her findings.
This story is a great way to learn about Autumn and the people in her life. It focuses on her recent skill of getting information from something a person has touched, and how her first case working with the police developed. Teyla Branton has created an original premise, where details are genuine and individuals react in realistic ways. The suspense is nerve-wracking while any paranormal elements are always convincing. I believed every scene as depicted, and I enjoyed the sharp-witted discussions between Autumn and Shannon. After finishing this story, I am definitely eager to read the full-length books in the Imprints series.
First Touch, the prequel to the Imprints series, is a story I've wanted to read. It was worth the wait.
Top international reviews
Well-written and a good start to the series.
However it s nice short story.