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- Print Length: 431 pages
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- Publisher: Araneya Publishing (August 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KBGIT6E
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The book is faced paced; I read it over a few short days. I really liked that pretty much everyone was a suspect and the clues (and red herrings) appeared regularly enough to keep the wheels in my brain turning.
There is a budding romance between Reardon and Claudia, but since the pair are only together for a short time, it seems to have little substance and seemed a little high-school.
As far as the maturity rating, the book is peppered with profanity, more so towards the rear of the novel when things become more hectic. There are some kissing scenes but nothing vulgar or sexual and the violence is subdued and almost no existent. For the squeamish there are descriptions of the dead bodies found, but even that is pretty tame.
Claudia Cabriati has no memory of her childhood before the age of about 7 or 8. Raised in an overprotective Italian household with a doting father, a somewhat standoffish mother, three brothers and a large extended family she has been convinced this memory lapse is nothing to be concerned about. But as an adult, she begins to question that notion. Do her recurrent dreams have anything to do with it? And what about the nameless, faceless individuals she perceives following her, watching her from a distance? When bodies start to turn up in Claudia's vicinity, and I mean A LOT of bodies, the possible connections become impossible to ignore.
Enter Saul Reardon, an enigmatic man whose sole purpose in life appears to be helping those in trouble. Saul is a mystery, his real motivations and resources never fully explained (maybe we'll get more in book 2?). I equate him to a Robin Hood-like character, replete with his own "Little John" aka his best friend: the womanizing muscle-head Ethan.
I enjoyed this mystery. Alternating POVs between Claudia and Saul kept the tension high. As Claudia digs into her unknown past we get to witness a wonderful character transformation. Doubts give way to answers and she finds her own kind of strength to carry her through.
But there are still so many unanswered questions! Is Claudia finally safe? What really happened to Saul's family? Is Claudia really the key to finding out, as Saul suspects? Who are the mercenary-like soldiers Saul calls for reinforcements when the chips are down? Who is the real villain, still hiding in the shadows at the end of this installment? <shakes fists at the heavens> Damn you Neven Carr!
This was a very well written book. The characters, and their responses, were very realistic. The only fault I would give is the number of unresolved issues. I understand this book is part of a planned series, and my assessment might change after I read book two, but right at this moment the number of loose ends is driving me crazy. Guess that's a good sign; it means I care about the story and its characters.
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I liked the lead character and feel that she will grow in maturity as the series develop.