Written by K. C. Tansley, this book follows Kat, the daughter of a divorced paleontologist, her roommate and friend Morgan, and Evan and Seth as they set out to solve a murder where the body was never found and a curse on a family that kills the first born son by his 23rd birthday.
Okay, this had an interesting premise. But the execution was lack luster. I had no idea what was going on for the first 4 or 5 chapters. There was little, really no, background laid out for such a complicated story. Things would happen then be explained. Suddenly there is a curse. Oh, and magic. Oh, and here is this character who the main character is totally going to go for.
I was just disappointed in this book. I am sorry. I wanted more from it. I wanted it to catch my attention and sweep me away, not give me interesting tidbits every now and again. The way the story is told just jumps around too much for me – not in timeline, but when details and information come to the reader and how they are conveyed.
This is a novel that likely would have been much better told in third person, something that is found less and less in most modern novels. But how the information would have been conveyed could have helped with the pacing and how the characters developed.
The characters seemed very two dimensional. They honestly were reacting like well developed characters far into a series, rather than new characters in the first of a series or a stand alone novel.
It’s a hard line to walk.
If you like paranormal novels or mysteries maybe you will like this novel. I didn’t.
I received this as a review copy for an honest review.