Monday, 24 August 2015

Gathering Deep - Lisa Maxwell

Series Title; Sweet Unrest, book 2

Published; 8th October 2015, Flux

Source; ARC copy kindly provided by NetGalley

My Rating; 3 out of 5 stars

The Set Up;

When Chloe wakes in a cemetery with no memory of the days before, she starts to wonder if she is mad. Her friends tell her she was possessed by a witch called Thisbe who was responsible for unspeakable murders. Worst of all, Thisbe is Chloe's own mother. She struggles to rebuild her life, wanting nothing to do with the magic that corrupted her mother but another series of ritualistic murders suggests that Thisbe is plotting again. Chloe will need to embrace her own power to stop her. 


I understand now that this is a companion novel to Sweet Unrest' which I have not read. If I had then this may have had more of an impact on me. As it was I found it to be a good enough piece of paranormal fiction but nothing uncommon. Part of the problem for me is that I tense up when I find something is set in New Orleans. Ever since Anne Rice made it so popular it seems every paranormal writer is setting their book there. I mean come on, pick another city... Still it's dealt with in a reasonably fresh way, looking at the voodooiennes and the practices surrounding that. The dark fantasy element is gritty and not too overdone. And I did want to know what happened. I struggled with the voice a bit. Nothing wrong with it, it just didn't engage me. So while I enjoyed this I probably won't seek out 'Sweet Unrest' (Especially at nearly 8 quid on kindle!)
Good enough for a few hours entertainment though I can see it being someone else's favourite.

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