Curse of the twisted rose by Lee Lackey
Genre: Paranormal thriller
Rating: 1 Star - Yeah, it was that bad.
Marlie Franklin is a Cop who is also trained as a kick-boxer. As such, she doesn’t take any hassle from anyone and is known for not taking prisoners when making arrests. But when a witch curses her at the scene of a call she and her partner have responded to, she finds her life almost immediately turned completely around. Suddenly monsters are drawn towards
her with the intent of taking her out and when one of these disguises itself as an Internal Affairs Detective, Franklin loses her badge. Forced to seek employment hundreds of miles away in the small town of Lockwood, Franklin must fight to keep her son safe as she comes to terms with the true nature of the curse and battles an ancient evil that lurks just below the surface of the town...
I wasn’t sure about this right from the start but decided to give it a go as the plot did seem to show a little bit of promise. Unfortunately, for me, that promise was short-lived. This never really reaches anything near its potential. Marlie Franklin reads like a caricature of herself rather than a true and believable character and accepts too readily, for my liking, the paranormal events that seem to befall her in quick succession. She barely blinks an eye at creatures experimenting on humans at an abandoned petrol garage and her son is not much better. He seems to be much more worldly wise in magic and the paranormal than he initially lets on to his mother but that is no explanation for how quickly he just accepts this new world he and his mother soon find themselves in.
This book seems set in a world very much like our own but separated by just a few heart-beats. But it is not a very credible world and I could find little about this book that I actually liked. As a thriller, it failed to captivate my interest and was more than a little bit of a let-down...