Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to 'slam a ride' through the minds of others.
But he uses his gift only reluctantly ― until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to find her step-son, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters.
And so Gabriel visits Monk House, a place where time seems to stand still, and where the rooms are dominated by the coded symbol of a cross and circle.
As winter closes in, Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful and mysterious Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he knows that one of them is a killer.
It’s widely known how much I love urban fantasy books, and I think part of what I love about urban fantasy books is that they all have elements of mystery and suspense in them, and I love mystery and suspense in all of my entertainment, from tv, movies, and books. Honestly, the reason this book stood out to me while I was reading it was because of Gabe, he’s very much the main character in the book, and I liked that shift from my normal woman being the main character reads.
So Gabe’s skills are actually really interesting to me. He makes his living as a hacker, which I kind of love, because that whole profession is something I find intriguing as a whole. But he is more than just a hacker, he’s also someone who can read other people’s minds (there is some lingo that goes along with this skill, but I’m not going to get into it here). Gabe has to use his skill to help an ex find her missing stepson (enter mystery and suspense).
It would appear that one of the Monk sisters is a murderer, and Gabe has to find out which one it is. Of course in the middle of all of this, he also just happens to fall in love with one of the sisters. The problem with reviewing this book is there isn’t a whole lot I want to talk about specifically because I don’t want to ruin anything for future readers. But, what I will say is that this book read almost like a history lesson of all things occult, it makes for an interesting read to be sure. There is a lot of magic and mystery in the book, and a lot of play on memories. There were a couple of spots where I felt like the tone was too heavy, to teach-y, but at the same time there were also instance where the writing really worked and drew me in.
Overall, I think if you are looking for an urban fantasy book that deals more with the occult and the concepts of memory, then this might be a book for you. I have a couple more books by this author so I will definitely be reading more of her work in the future.