Time for another round of Yvonne’s Shorties! This time around a detective thriller that surprisingly enough ended up disappointing me and one of the final backlist titles of one of my absolute favorite authors that once again blew me away.
“My job would be easier if human beings had evolved without imaginations.”
WARNING: unpopular opinion alert!
After an excellent start with my DI Callanach series binge-read, I fully expected to have a brilliant time with book two as well… Imagine my surprise when I ended up having mixed thoughts instead. Haters gonna hate, but I personally felt like I was reading a book belonging to a completely different series instead. Especially during the first half of Perfect Prey there seem to be so many negative and almost hateful interactions going on (especially towards Callanach) and this change in dynamics put me off considerably. On top of this, DI Ava Turner almost seems to be a completely different character in this sequel, and not in a good way. I still have hopes for her character returning to what it was in the first book, but she was basically despicable in Perfect Prey. Having other hateful characters like Overbeck and Edgar in the spotlight didn’t really help things either… And I also had my doubts about the pace of the plot. There is a lot of crime and murder going on very early on in the story, and then suddenly things seem to slow down and the middle part dragged considerably. True, things did improve towards the end, but all in all in took me a lot longer than expected to actually finish this one. Add a love triangle vibe and Callanach not behaving at his best either, and this was by far my least favorite sequel to date. I even decided to take a short break from my series binge-read to see if cleansing my reading palate will help make me fall in love with the series again when I pick up book three… Fingers crossed.
“Everyone always talks about being color blind. And I get that. I do. But maybe instead of being color blind, we should celebrate color, in all its shades. It kind of bugs me that we’re supposed to ignore our differences like we don’t see them, when seeing them doesn’t have to be a negative.”
It’s no secret that Amy Harmon is one of my absolute favorite authors and I’ve been slowly making my way through the final pending backlist titles… In a way I’m glad I waited before picking up The Law Of Moses, because I think I got so much more out of the story now that I’ve come to truly appreciate the romance genre. This isn’t just a simple love story though; it’s messy, it’s raw, it’s grief, and it’s oh so powerful. Amy Harmon has a way of writing that makes you fall in love with the words and sentences as well as her stories, and The Law Of Moses is no exception. I might be a bit biased when it comes to her work, but I already knew only a few pages in that this was going to be yet another story to win over my heart… And despite the warning about the loss that was to come, my heart was still shattered in a million pieces by the time I finished it. This story has a paranormal element; something that doesn’t always work for me, but it’s very well incorporated and so beautifully rendered that it ended up being one of my favorite features. The main characters were able to win over my heart immediately; they felt well rounded, flawed and realistic and I loved their connection. There are moments of joy and sorrow, and also a focus on more serious topics including death, grief, mental health and crime. Everything is very well balanced though, and The Law Of Moses turned out to be yet another fantastic story with characters that will stay with me for a long time.