- File Size: 625 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Serenity Publishing (September 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O272A14
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Ninth Life: Kate is running out of time, is it her turn to die? (Jaye's Murder Mystery Series 'Lives' Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Adding to Kate's dilemma is a the mysterious voice that's been plaguing her her entire life, which at times proves to be more of a nuisance than of help.
At times Kate comes across as standoffish, but after reading about her history and the tragedies she suffered in the past, gives you a better understanding for her attitude. After reading about her past, I was wishing she'd find the peace that she wanted.
The story is very mysterious and suspenseful, and I was left wondering if Kate would escape the murderer. The mysterious voice plays a big part in the story and the ending does a wonderful job of explaining the voice and it's purpose in Kate's life.
One of my flaws with the story is there were some scenes in the final chapters that I felt could've been expanded on. For instance, it would've helped if there was a little more buildup before Kate has a showdown with the murderer.
Kate is a fifty-nine year old artist. She has an unusual voice in her head that provides commentary on her life; however, she has always tried to ignore what it says. Kate is currently working on a series of seascape pieces for Sam, a gallery owner and best friend, who is opening a new gallery in London.
We learn about Kate’s earlier life in a series of memories; her hardships, relationships and her current desire for solitude are all fed to us in easy-to-absorb chunks. Early on we are introduced to a sinister character who is besotted with her. As the story develops there is a slow build-up of tension, with a net of mishaps and murder that draw closer.
I liked Kate, with her artistic flair and disregard for most responsibility unless it was connected to her paintings. It became her coping mechanism in the face of underlying fears. Her passion for art shone through and I could almost see the paintings she so lovingly produced. Her back story was interesting and filled out her character, but the method of introducing it got a little repetitive towards the end. I did want to know a little more about those who loved Kate and, perhaps, what drew them to her. For me, there were so many unanswered questions about many of them, I would have enjoyed a little more to flesh out the characters.
Overall a good debut novel. If you like art and enjoy the thriller genre, then give this a go.