“On his own, Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.
Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.
The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.
Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…”
SO CLOSE. It was SO CLOSE to impressing me…..until about the 73% mark.
In the area of technicality, the writing was nearly flawless. The characters were great, they had individuality, and it was an awesome premise.
(Girl from massive cop family falling in love with an accused murderer.)
It was great!! It was doing all the right things, making me grit my teeth in the best kind of way….I was thinking that I was reading a book that was doing what The Foxglove Killings failed at.
And then BOOM. Around the 70-73% range, it all of the sudden became a fantasy (technically, paranormal, but same difference.) Which was fine. I love fantasy novels! I love paranormal stuff, even though sci-fi is my favorite.
What killed me, was the execution of it.
It just smacked right into the book, and disturbed the flow of the book. Instead of gradually lowering into it, it came off as Dues Ex Machina (click link for the term definition)
Curtesy of TVtropes.org, here’s a web comic that sums it up nicely.
With the introduction of these amazing powers, it became something altogether different.
The minute the paranormal situation came into play, I knew how it was going to end. Really? Your brain spends the whole novel figuring out this little mystery, and then BAM problem solved. It’s like cheating the reader.
Mystery novels can cross over from paranormal and fantasy. But the key, is to establish that world’s norm. The main character doesn’t even have to know what the norm is. But the reader does have to know what the norm is.
Otherwise, it’s like showing everyone a “Where’s Waldo?” scene, and offering a prize to the first that finds him….except there isn’t a Waldo in the picture. It’s just a cheap trick.
This is the second mystery fail in the past month. If you are looking for a chilling read, pick up The Forensic Mystery series by Alane Ferguson. Want a thriller? try Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams.
If you are looking for a paranormal mystery, there are quite a few. But the one that immediately comes to mind is The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.
It’s hard for me to give a book this rough of a review, but it had to be said.
What about you? Have you read any great mysteries lately? Or any great paranormal stories?
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinion or review of this book in any way.