Christopher Rice made me lose an afternoon of TV cuddle time with the hubby.
The moment I began this book, I was completely gripped in the pace and originality of this plot line and amazing characters. I turned off the whole world. Hubby included... He complained a bit, I think... But since I tuned him out for a few hours, I can't really be sure.
The story is told from multiple characters POVs. If it's done right, I LOVE it. It was done right. Mr. Rice was also very brave, because he didn't stick to the same timeline from character to character, jumping to the past, and back to present. At times, I wasn`t initially sure where on the timeline we were, but he made it work beautifully. The end result? Pieces of the puzzle fit at the right moment, and revelations were timed impeccably. You also saw the same event from different perspectives, which was so interesting.
The main heroine, Niquette, was absent for most of the novel, which would have ideally sucked if it didn't lend such suspense and mystery to the plot. She was a big piece of the puzzle at different times of the storyline, and it couldn't have been crafted any better in my opinion.
Our main villain? He was definitely not absent, and the darkness of this character was so strong and clear that it disturbed me. I genuinely felt a sliver of fear every time someone got too close to Marshall... At ALL TIMES it was the worse mistake they ever made. No conscience, no empathy, and a thirst for revenge and chaos... combined with super powers... (shudder) He terrified me.
Sounds like it should be an easy 5 star, but sadly, I really didn't like the conclusion! Ugh I know!! This is just my personal opinion though... The big reveal jumped the shark for me! I went into a place of disbelief and incredulity. I wanted a different conclusion that explained things a little better, and involved a happier ending for a few of the characters involved. But I know this is the author's vision and not mine.
It WAS a great vision, filled with originality and believable characters in a really weird situation. The author captured believable emotion and projected it from the pages. And that takes a lot of talent, and I have nothing but appreciation for his efforts. I look forward to curling up with another of his books, creepy and all.
*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher through Netgalley; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*show more