The characters make a lot of quirky decisions that stem from their quirky pasts: Miranda peppers her speech with “frak” (I will always like the substitutions people come up with for curses) because she’s watched too much Battlestar Galactica . Phillips, albeit a little more bland with his mouth, more than makes up for it with his mischief and just how much trouble he is willing to get himself into for the son of a cop. I was, at first, not sold on the split perspective. Too often it spoils the mystery of the other person. I went along with it and came to enjoy some of the things that I saw from Phillips’ perspective. But looking back on just how much I continually figured out about him, I wonder how much more scary it would have been to be stuck with Miranda. There are very few details I feel I can share without spoiling the plot. You wouldn’t believe based on the blurb that it would follow through with its concept. Alchemists on Roanoke Island? Federal agents on Roanoke Island? Yes, they make appearances as does a villain but they all feel a little too pushover when compared to the thoroughly characterized Miranda, Phillips, Phillips’ family, and Miranda’s dog.
|Recommended||if you like a tempestuous and criminal read redolent of salt-spray.|
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I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada
Great review Josh, while i didn’t flip over this one, i did enjoy this quirky take on an age old mystery.
its an interesting idea to take something from history like this and base a paranormal novel around it. Thanks
@kimbacaffeinate Thanks. I do think enjoy is the right word.
@Carin I agree. Thank you for stopping by.