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- Print Length: 303 pages
- Publisher: DevilDog Press (March 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B3KW9AE
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One unfortunate habit a fair number of authors display when writing in first person perspective is that they focus entirely on the character's inner awareness and dialogue to show how they react to things, or what goes on in their head. While having this to some degree is good, the unfortunate part is that dwelling on that entirely means sacrificing their awareness, and thus the reader's awareness of all the details around them with again, other characters, events going on around them, or even something as simple as the setting they're in. This habit is displayed here prominently, and it does do a fair job of distracting from the story and breaking any immersion after more than a page or two.
The protagonist can get so bound up in her own feelings, memories and reactions to things that she detracts from any focus on what goes on in the moment in the story, and eliminates any real feeling of a time limit on what should be a high pressure, high stakes serial killer investigation. Add onto that the fact that most of her inner focus is dwelling on the potential romantic interests she has and all her concerns about the state of her own emotions towards them, and it just feels like the contexts of two different stories have been shoehorned into one. Her emotional/mental focus lends nothing towards the drama/politics that are called forth as the reasoning behind the string of killings being investigated, and as the book wraps up it makes the whole thing feel very much like a generic hero prop-up story, how all's well end's well for now with everyone gearing up and training hard to fight the big bads coming their way next time.
It's a shame for the most part, as while strong female protagonists abound in a lot of modern fantasy works to the point where they rival or surpass male protagonists in number and genuine complexity, this one feels a lot like it was trying to hit all the major notes at once and failing. Badass empowered female, magically inclined individual in a world of mostly normals, law enforcement trying to take on the supernatural, etc. The different types work well as a central concept on their own, and can work even better blended together, but this was not a good example of them blending well. The protagonist isn't unrealistic, but she comes across as too self-focused and thus makes a very unreliable narrator for the story and results in it feeling very lackluster overall. It's not a terrible book by any means, but there really isn't that much to take from it either.
The characters are pretty likeable, and there is some depth there, but it felt like they were very superficial at the start of the book, and the absolute resfusal of the lead female character to see things from anything other than her own point of view, despite the evidence was hard to swallow - especially given her job. I was going to give up on the book, but there was enough in terms of the underlying bad guy to keep me reading and I am glad that I did.
The second half of the book had better pacing and the action to keep things interesting, and while I would probably not rush to read another book in the series immediately I probably will in the future
For the first half of the book I was convinced I was only going to give 4 stars....it felt like the author was trying to cram too much into 1 book. I also usually prefer more action and less introspection(Think that word fits), an awful lot of the first half of the book was what the main character was thinking and feeling. Some where in the second half of the book the story really started to take off. Because there is no 4.5 star option I felt I had to give a 5 star review(For me the book deserved better than 4 stars).