Title: Two Graves (Retribution Series #1)
Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: Dark Psychological Suspense
Audience: New Adult/Adult
Word count: 18,000 words – 70 pages (short novella)
Launch date: October 1st 2016
Purchase on Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Graves-Novella-Zoe-Kalo-ebook/dp/B01LDIXCR0
About the Book
A Dante-ish descent through a sinister world of decadent shadows and woeful souls…
Seven years ago, he shattered her life. The town eventually forgot the headlines and the nightmares. But 23-year old music student Angelica hasn’t forgotten.
For the past seven years, she’s contemplated payback with as much intensity and unwavering faith as she puts into her violin playing. Finally, all the pieces are in place. Over the course of one night, disguised for a masquerade ball, Angelica orchestrates a journey of revenge.
My Musings :
I received an ARC. This in way influences my review.
The book cover didn't do anything for me. It wasn't totally relevant but the blurb reeled me with the hint of a mystery/thriller feel. I am still reeling from the overload and the impression of the book.
It's a short story but the start was seriously slow. Even after one-fourth into the book, you are still scrambling trying to figure out Angelica and her story. In hindsight, the blurb makes better sense. And it does fill out the gaps in the book. Oh yes, you get only impressions while reading so you are really left out to figure out on your own. A few glimpses here and there has you piecing together the story.
The characters aren't developed slowly and fully. But they are characteristically developed enough to snag your attention. The alternate views of the present and the past ( 7 years ago ) mesh together to form a seamless narration. The description is quite creepy at times and overwhelming at other points. The ending does make sense but I, personally, wasn't satisfied. I felt it could have had more closure. Other than that it was a great psychological chiller.
My rating : 4/5
About Author Zoe Kalo
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…
A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir. She is the author of the YA fantasy series CULT OF THE CAT.
Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web:
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