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Hello, My Name is... (A Miss Hyde Novella Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Author Kindra Sowder provides a nuanced, believable portrait of Blythe McAlister. She is a high living socialite with a taste for the finest of fine things. One pictures her as having every hair in place and wearing stylish, immaculate clothing at every hour of the day and night. She obsesses over details and places high expectations on her friends and associates. Just the sort of personality traits that I would expect to be linked to a person who gives a new meaning to the the word "control".
Hello, my Name Is" is the first installment in an intended series about Miss Hyde. It does a good job of introducing us to her, her friends and employer, her soundproofed penthouse suite and her life style. Miss Hyde claims two victims in this initial episode: the first an anonymous "handsome man with the body with the body of a god" who she does away with without much regret: in fact, she does not even recall his name. The reader suspects that Blythe has so little emotional attachment to victim number one that she might have done the deed herself, without the intercession of the evil Miss Hyde. After all, she had a grudge against him for forcing her to cuddle after sex, a proclivity she detests and which in this case caused her to awaken with a crick in her neck. The second victim, Dax, was a different story. Blythe liked Dax, would have preferred to have him escape her black widow's lair and maybe even would have enjoyed a second date with him. Blythe tried to intercede in his favor with Miss Hyde, but this was a struggle for control that she knew from the start she would not win. Blythe's only hope of retaining control was on those occasions when Miss Hyde chose not to intervene. Unfortunately for Dax, Miss Hyde did take an interest in him, which sealed his fate.
"Hello My Name Is" is very well written with a polished style that is well suited to the story. It is uninhibited: we experience the sex graphically, and the murders which involve the removal of body parts with sharp instruments, equally graphically. Graphically but not gratuitously: the story demands that these scenes be portrayed. The composite character Blythe/Miss Hyde's general MOA is to sneak a soporific into the drink of a victim so that he can be carried in an unconscious state into the soundproofed dissection room. In Dax's case Blythe/Miss Hyde simply choked him out before transporting him. Miss Hyde gives Blythe preternatural strength when she chooses to get involved, and the intended victim doesn't stand a chance, even though Blythe's victims are large, powerfully built athletic men. It is an intriguing reversal of the more conventional male versus female serial killing in which the man exercises his greater physical strength to subdue the woman.
It will be interesting to see where author Kindra Sowder takes this series. There are many things left unexplained in this first short introduction. It is a very promising start, and my interest and curiosity will bring me back for more when the later titles are released. I for one would like to see an episode in which a male serial killer ends up in the black widow's lair.
The leader character is a smart, cynical survivor who lost her parents at the tender age of seventeen. At an age when most people are carousing or staring at the television/video games, she was making her way in the world. A combination of tireless work, street-savvy and a cutthroat competitive edge allow McAlister to rise to the top, to the point where she has silver showerheads. However, this instinct likely comes from a dark place, one that demands human blood (specifically that of men).
I can't wait to read the rest of the series and heartily recommend this work.
Deborah D. Moore, author of The Journal Series.
Horror is not my forte, so I had zero expectations and no preconceived notions of just how a horror novel is constructed, or exactly what to expect.
Granted, I had to read this with ALL of the lights on and during full-daylight, it scared me, seriously.
I found myself rooting for Blythe not Miss Hyde to be in control. Each character was fleshed-out, the pace of the plot was sinuous, the sexual encounters deliciously detailed with lust and sweat oozing off the page, and violence and horror, deviously described down to every drop of blood spilled.
I NEVER provide spoilers in my reviews as I do not want to EVER ruin the story for YOU, Wonderful Reader.
I am an independent ARC reader reviewer blogger and I originally received this novel free from the publisher and I chose to voluntarily review it.
So what is the secret that the lovely Blythe McAllister is keeping? It’s more than a secret that you can just whisper in the night and tell someone. This is a secret that is skin deep.
Stories are one thing, a curse is another. Yes they are a real thing and this one is soul changing, bloody and death always follows in its wake.
What is the prominent, beautiful and magnetic art consultant like Blythe do when she looks at pictures in a gallery that wants to possibly take on. These pictures strike a strong chord within her and her inner monster can only smile. Does someone else know her secret?
I give this story a 5 star rating. I was so impressed with the new twist on a classic story that I totally look forward to reading the rest of the series.