Thursday, 9 February 2017

Book Review - The Fifth Petal - Brunonia Barry


'In the realm between life and death, time, as we know it, does not exist.'.

I was sent this ebook for free through blogging for books - however this will not influence my review in any way!

Murder, crime, mystery, witches - all things that led me to choose this book. I didn't realise that this was a second book of a series, but it really didn't impact my enjoyment of the book.

Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past.

Honestly? I don't know what I think about this book. I found myself enjoying it, but at the same time thinking 'this is going on foreverrrr' which isn't how you should feel about a book - especially one that isn't even that big? And sitting down now to review it, I'm coming up quite blank.

I definitely found the writing to be a little forced at times. Callie, for example, will finish someone's sentence and then think 'I know what people are going to say before they say it' - yeah we can get that from the writing, I don't think it needs to be pushed on you. Show don't tell, you know? And I think it happened a few too many times so it got on my nerves.

I did enjoy the looks back into Salem witch trials, I think these were some of my favourite parts, plus the world building was written well giving the whole book an autumnal, Halloween theme suitable to Salem. I would read more books in the series too as I'm interested in the occult going on in the town and how this affects Rafferty's work.

It was also a lot sexier than I thought it would be, I had to check no one was reading over my shoulder on the train a couple of times!

Overall, I think I would give this book a 3. I just feel kind of meh about it? I would read other books by the author, but only if it were on sale ... if that makes sense.

Have you read The Fifth Petal? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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