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Overall I did enjoy the book and did not feel I had wasted any time in reading it. (And yes I have learned that this is possible. I happened to me once fighting through a book and my sister said stop fighting read something else. I took her advise) There is a good story arch and I enjoyed how the author described the area the details were not so heavy that you wanted to ye'll 'get on with it will ya/' So there you have it
For the most part yes it is one you might enjoy try the sample unless you get the offer of it being free, perhaps it might be right up your ally.
The storyline isn't original; it is like all the others in the general genre of "I touched him and saw his past," and quickly becomes formulaic and predictable. But then the audience for these types of romantic suspense/paranormal thriller stories in general must like that, so I won't take off points for it. But then almost immediately the psychic and the detective she contacts about the wicked man kick off the usual physical attraction and flirting and longing and suggestive remarks and so forth (seen it a million times, not realistic, this is a standard trope that should not be a trope), and their drama gets in the way of the purported story. Granted, these are the same flaws that most mysteries have when there is a "love" story between the detective and the sleuth or a suspect and the sleuth going on: they fall in love immediately, try to resist, and so on as the script says. It's just too commonly used to be interesting to me any more. So I skimmed a lot of that "his heart beat faster" junk.
The killer becomes obvious, and then scenes are wasted on his antics with a weirdo woman he hooks up with. Their scenes are strings of zingers and pornographic vignettes that I skimmed, rolling my eyes.
I held out hope for an exciting and interesting midbook and ending, but I was disappointed. The book just got more and more mired in the perversion(s) of (all) the characters and in describing them, and describing the torture (torture porn), and in sexually explicit material. An earlier review says, "the descriptions of depravity were lengthy and gruesome." I can't find a better way to say that. Readers with discernment will find this story offensive. I mean, when you are eleven years old, you seek out books with "dirty bits" because you don't know how sex works and you want to find out. When you are a grown-up, you know how it works, so why do you need to have everything enumerated and every perversion on the books and slot A and tab B? I am sure lots of people like sensationalism and talk of rutting (as it seems to be in every best-seller nowadays, all written out), but if you do not, you won't enjoy the latter three-fourths of this book.
There are some typos and a few places where editing has failed the book (you have to re-read and figure out which words were left out or which word was actually meant), but it's not too bad as far as that goes. Thus two stars instead of one, as an attagirl for caring about usage and style.
Still, this would not be a book you could re-read and enjoy. If you like romantic suspense without the gore and porn, you could try LOVE IS THE BRIDGE by Denise Weeks or Janis Susan May's THE JERUSALEM CONNECTION, both of which are regular re-reads for me and they are cheap for the Kindle. Just my personal opinion.
I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers who like a good mystery with some paranormal activity.
I bought this book from amazon.com in its electronic version. Opinions expressed here are my own.