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The fast pace of the story, as well as the hot romance budding between Danny and Angelica, kept me turning the pages. The plotline is unusual and highly entertaining. Ms. Luchesi may very well be the next Stephen King. The only critical thing I have to say is that the narration was awkward in some places. Some tweaking can make the flow of the story go so much smoother. But that aside, a highly recommended read, but not for the squeamish.
Firstly, I love a good mystery novel. I grew up reading Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others. I also grew up reading science fiction and fantasy and fell in love with Robert Heinlein and Marion Zimmer Bradley at a young age. Over the years, I have grown to enjoy paranormal stories about vampires, werewolves, and the like, and I was drawn to Luchesi’s novel because she had employed two of my favorite loves, mystery and paranormal fantasy.
The story starts off well. I will not go into the details for fear of spoiling it for other readers, but I liked the plot line. Luchesi combined elements of a hard-boiled detective novel with urban paranormal fantasy. I enjoy this genre, and she did a great job of blending the two together. Her writing style is engaging, and I could tell that she put a lot of time and effort into the story. I also liked that the story was set in Chicago. I know the city well and she did a good job of keeping it real.
However, I thought that she could have developed the chemistry between the two main characters, Danny and Angelica, better. They fell into bed too fast and they fell in love even faster. I realize that they are supposed to have this spark for each other because they knew each other in past lives, but I do not think this subplot line worked well. Their attraction to each other felt contrived. I would have liked to have seen this love story develop at a slower burn rather than the fiery explosion that occurred early on in the story.
My other criticism of the story was the ending. Just when I thought the story had ended, it kept on going and going. I disliked the flashback scene at the end. It went on for several pages, and I think this material would have been better served in the next book in the series, or it should have been fleshed out better in the story rather than tagged on at the end. I believe flashbacks or visions should be used sparingly as a device to move your story along because I think there are other writing devices that could have conveyed this information better.
Lastly, I encourage all novel writers to craft a Table of Contents page because it helps their readers navigate through their story easier. I do not think it is necessary to create a clever title for each chapter, numbering them in sequence will do fine. In sum, I am giving Luchesi’s novel four stars because I think it has real promise. I liked that her vampires were good and bad, and more importantly, not sparkly! In future novels, I hope she explores the other paranormal species in more depth and continues the good work of the PID.
No book is without its errors, but this story more than makes up for them and after reading your most recent works, I know you've grown leaps and bounds as an author.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Long ago, I grew bored of wine goblet swilling vamps in gorgeous, dark mansions. It seemed each vampire story had been done a thousand times. This one feels much different. It's not just a vampire story.
From the cover, I expected a book about revenge, mixed with some paranormal CSI. What I got was that, but also much more. Danny can see things... He dreams things that add to the mystery and his wonder about this strange world he's been thrown into by chance. He enters, seeking revenge, but finds there is much more he has lost than just his job. There is a deep romance tangling the characters of this story, one that spans further than Danny could have imagined.
A great story, one fans of TV's "Supernatural" would greatly enjoy. One of my favorite quotes from Danny: "I went from a top CPD detective to being an overaged star on the CW network!"
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