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The great thing about mystery books is the fact that you never know where the story is going to take you. A fantastic mystery writer can take you on a roller coaster ride full of deception, misdirection and red herrings. Not all writers can achieve this kind of suspense, but it’s clear that Vanessa Prelatte has a masterful mind that can take two seemingly unconnected events and turn them into a terrific story of crime and passion.
Normally I would find myself enjoying one of the cases more than the other. However with this book, I felt both held enough weight and presence that any difference in my interest between the two, would be minuet at best. The first case about the young man who was stabbed and left for dead in a local park was interesting because of the unfolding story of who did it. Like a Shakespearean play, the truth unfolds that even those closest to us, our family, cannot be trusted when it comes to matters of money and power. Those characters involved in the investigation really enhance the case to a new level with their outbursts, wild tall tales and overall outrageous behavior.
As for the second case, I’ll admit I was a little disinterested in the case initially. Guy and girl go out into the woods and meet some strange man, whom the girl begins to flirt with and the guy acts all pissy about. It’s not until you realize the first scene in the book is related to this case that things begin to become interesting. Obsessed with the idea that a Norse goddess is watching over him, the perpetrator is dedicated to releases the lost pieces of her being, in hopes of bringing her back to reality. Fueled with a delusional obsession, he’s been traveling around the country and finding young women of a very specific type in order to help assist him in his quest.
As for the lead character, Dawn, I thought I wouldn’t like her character, especially upon hearing she’s got a “perfect” rich husband. But as the details of their relationship unfold, it was really easy to enjoy the couple and see that there was nothing perfect about the life they’re leading. After all, nothing can be too perfect when a couple has to share a duplex disguised as a single house. I’ll admit her husband’s involvement in randomly flying her around for the case was a little off putting. I’m fairly sure this kind of involvement could jeopardize the case when it goes to court. But other things make up for this one little thing, such as Dawn removing herself from a case when she discovers there may possibly be a personal connection to it.
Overall this was a great book and for fans of detective stories, I think most will enjoy it as much as I did. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Reviewer's Note: I read this book at the request of the author, in exchange for an honest review. I'm really thankful for this opportunity and really enjoyed the book. For a debut book, this was a great start to her writing career and I look forward to reading more from her.
1/ It shows the main characters – Dawn and Rafe – handling more than one case – a more realistic portrayal of police work as many city cops often have five or six open cases on their desk all the time.
2/ It was free.
1/ It’s a serial killer novel, which means the difference between this one and every other serial killer novel ever written is . . . Wait for it . . . Nothing! They all have so many things in common, they are virtually interchangeable. But I’ll give Prelatte kudos for having a slightly different motive driving the bad guy.
2/ Prelatte uses an omniscient POV and head-hops for character to character freely, which can throw the reader out of the flow of the story. The only author I ever read who could do this so smoothly it went unnoticed was Tom Clancy.
3/ The writing is stiff in many places, as if Prelatte was writing this book in 1938 instead of 2018, making for awkward reading. In many places, too, it is over-simplified, as if geared toward a young teen reader.
4/ Some things that don’t need long explanations get them while things needing deeper explanations are glossed over.
5/ Dawn’s husband is wealthy, which makes it too easy for her and her partner to accomplish things they need to do. That he and the rest of his family are always there with whatever resources she needs to move things along is unrealistic. The ability of other characters (like his mother) to get anything they want (a full catered custom meal delivered a few hours later) with just a phone call is unrealistic as well.
6/ There are side stories and sub-plots (the one about Dawn’s husband and his friend for one) that I think are meant to flesh out the characters but only detract from the main story.
7/ I really don’t care about the décor of a room, what colors were picked, and what the overall effect was.
8/ There was no correlation between the title and the book.
I won’t be back for the next book in the series.
The Author has done a solid job of giving the reader compelling characters that are engaging, believable and complex. They are developed and far from flat. Everybody is more than just what they appear to be in the surface and that is skillfully shown in how the author writes, showing us rather than just telling us. It's a good way for readers to learn the complexities of the characters, especially Dawn, the detective, without having it all spelled out in black and white.
The dual plots keep the pace moving, and the varied characters and plot developments are integrated smoothly.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable book.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review