Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Review: Redwood Violet by Robin Mahle

I really love cliffhangers..seriously, I do!  They are the one that makes the wait more painful as well as the next read more interesting.  But I definitely don't agree with this type of endings.  Maybe, when they say this is a two-part read, they mean that this is like an episode, not a series.  Anyway, read on to know more!

Author: Robin Mahle
Release Date: March 13th 2013
Source: From Orangeberry blog tours
Genre: Mystery

Katie Reid is living the quintessential Southern California life. A dream job and her college sweetheart Spencer, top it all off. But the nightmares that have been haunting her for months are getting worse.

After seeking help from Dr. Reyes, it becomes apparent that Katie is dealing with something much deeper and much more sinister. Her only solution is to delve into a past that no one wants her to remember.

With the horrific discovery of a secret kept hidden for years, Katie is drawn into a world mired in evil and lost innocence. And only with the help of Detective Marshall Avery will she be able to channel her pain and anger.

But, will he be able to contain Katie’s desire for vengeance that has begun to unravel her perfect life?

The first in a two-part series, Redwood Violet will keep you firmly in its grip and refuse to let go!


Katie Reid, living a great life in Southern California, with a great job and a great boyfriend, Spencer. But all this greatness shatters when Katie is having some bad dreams, which are not just dreams, but something which is going to turn her life 180 degrees. There were things happening and Katie takes a path which makes her perfect life collapse. Is Kate really going to go there deep? Is she going to risk everything to find the cause of her haunting dreams? Or with the help of Detective Avery, will Katie get her life back away from all this mess? In all this "discovering the past" things, is she going to lose her Spencer?

Although the plot in itself is engaging, the writing was not-so-comfortable for me. I kept going only because I want to know what happens next and that thrill that the author has brought in the novel is appreciated. Katie is a strong character and I felt myself shuddering every time something going amiss. Her entire life being a lie, is not something that can be taken easy about. And I think maybe being innocent would have been better, although I know that is the escape route. Sometimes, all this thing about karma sucks.

Well, I felt like the ending was abrupt. I know there is another part to this series. AND series CAN have a cliffhanger. A cliffhanger that makes you read the next book is one thing. But, a cliffhanger/climax of the book, which makes the reading of the first book without reading the second one as useless, is something else entirely. According to me, that's not good.

If this is the debut by Robin, then it is really a good effort!

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