TBR reviewer: B.H.
is determined to find out!
When the local voodoo queen shows up, and the next morning her grandson ends up dead outside the bar things get interesting.
Figg pesters Lian into telling her the truth about his former life, and is thrust into a world where the things that go bump in the night are real. There’s a murder to solve, zombies to lay to rest and a villain that neither of them saw coming.
The beginning was very quick, too fast to really get a feel for the characters and there was very little detail on what the bar actually looked like. There’s also no details on what the characters look like. Sure, the author explains one customer is a hippy but no real details and thus I couldn’t really see the images to accompany the words. The scenes are also very choppy. There’s no smooth transition.
None of those issues compare to the fact that Ms. Simmons uses first person point of view for each character! I’ve never, in all the books i’ve read, heard of this. There’s a reason why. The confusion for one. I had to read the beginning of chapter two twice and only when I got to the phone call did the point of view start to make sense. Why in the world would an author want to plot a story this way? It makes it difficult to follow.
When in Lian's point of view it was very feminine. He didn’t think or speak like a man and it was obviously a woman behind the man. That was another jarring aspect of this novella. It made the role of Lian hard to believe.
Then there's the dialouge between characters. It’s so jerky I had to reread. Let me tell you I am not a happy reader right now. Instead of sinking into the story that sounded vaguely interesting, I’m getting frustrated.
Yes, there are a lot of bad points but I kept reading. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because Figg was an interesting character. Maybe because the romantic scenes between Figg and Lian entertained me. It could be Figg’s shoe fetish, I was sighing in relief with her, when the person who broke into her apartment left them untouched.
Overall, Ms. Simmons writing had a lot of potential, but I can’t possible recommend