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I’m not certain if the reason I did not find this novel as compelling as the other readers is because I am unfamiliar with the author and her penchant for delving into the future, but I did not find this story to be worthy of 4 or 5 stars. Here’s why: 1. The purple kitty plays a small almost nonexistent role in the plot, so the title to me was deceiving. 2. The amount of depraved sexual references as to how men treat women is not realistic, even in a male dominated career field. It took me a while before I understood Ms. Walker was writing her story in future tense. I would hope that in our future sexual harassment becomes less of an issue not a greater problem. 3. The sexual references and language are often explicit and a little over the top, unnecessarily so. 4. The reference to a future drug called Thesis, a “fairy dust” that is blown into one’s face is unrealistic, as it appears that its effects are momentary and it acts like a truth serum. This is hardly the type of future drug that would likely appeal to today’s addicts. 5. Ms. Walker’s main character, Serena McKay, a hard-boiled P.I., is thoroughly discussed as Serena reminisces about her past at the same time she is supposedly conducting an interview of her client about her missing child. These flip flopping passages are written in a prose style that doesn’t flow with the rest of the storyline. 6. Serena’s background story makes her appear to be almost supernatural, with gifts and abilities far beyond the other “Department” characters. 7. Serena conducts her interview within the presence of her friend Max who interjects himself into the examination from the back of the room, startling Pamela, the woman seeking Serena’s assistance in finding her missing child. This approach likely would be unacceptable to a client, since Pamela sought the services of Serena and didn’t even know Max or that he was in the room listening to her account and even begins to ply her with questions. This is highly unprofessional behavior on the part of Serena and would likely cost her a client. 8. I realize this was a method used by the writer to introduce us to her new protagonist, but the reader is subjected to copious amounts of information about Serena while she is supposedly interviewing a new client. This approach was distracting and interrupted the flow of the storyline and left me confused as to what this novel was really about—Serena or a purple kitty?? As it turns out, the novel is about Serena and a former serial killer, so why use the plot device of the purple kitty, when it plays a minor almost nonexistent role? This was very distracting. 9. Although “The Department” is supposedly populated by chauvinistic males who consistently abuse women, these same men readily assist Serena with her requests for information and help. This appears mercurial and conflicting. 10. This novel is about Serena and the “cellophane killer” and is set up so that it introduces us to a new series. While there is nothing wrong with that, why confuse the plot with a purple kitty? Why not feed us information about Serena in small doses throughout the series instead of dumping all of it on the reader in the first book? 11. The transgender issue surrounding the missing child Simon(e) serves little to no purpose that I could ascertain. The mere concept of using this objective for a missing child made me sad. 12. The ending leaves the reader hanging and the novel seems to have ended for the sole purpose of introducing another novel in what is likely to be a series. While I like novels written in a series format, I believe each novel should be able to stand-alone.
That being said; the main character Serena was well fleshed out and the action was consistent and fast paced. Once past the strangely configured introduction of Serena the novel became more enjoyable and intriguing. Purple Kitty was an easy and quick read and would make a good rainy day or beach novel. As a “soft or magical” mystery, Purple Kitty is likely to appeal to a certain audience. Ms. Walker obviously has a following of readers who enjoy her work and I do understand how this type of mythical mystery would be appealing to many readers. Best wishes with the series and now that the readers feel like they know Serena, I believe future novels are likely to improve as the series continues.
She went on to become a police officer. The male cops really gave any female a hard time and did things that --well lets just say there are ways to stop sexual harassment now! She eventually left the force and became a private investigator. She takes on a case to find a missing child. The abductor is not who you think it is--but there is a serial killer after her--and her green eyes.
This one honestly gave me nightmares. Heaven help us if our world ever really turns out like this. There are scenes that are not for the faint of heart. If you truly love horror and/or psychological terror then this is the novel for you.
The author has talent. I really enjoyed the last two thirds of the book.
During her search people are found dead or missing around town. This starts bringing up suspicions of another case. An old case that should be over with.
This brings the hard edge drama. The more you read the more back story you learn. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
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