Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
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When photographer, Justine Callaway, walks into the deserted English mansion, Paradine Park, she doesn’t suspect that she is opening the door to the greatest mystery–and magic–of her life.
Justine becomes obsessed by the family who used to live in the house, especially the oldest son, Adam Buchanan. But why is she so drawn to a man who had killed his brother nine years before? And why, as she photographs the house, does she discover ghostly images she knows she did not record?
Even more unsettling, she senses someone is stalking her, watching her...
I picked up this book after reading Season of the Witch by the same author, a book I thought was both well written and interesting. I think one of the things that is particularly interesting about this author is that she tends to blend genres, you end up with an urban fantasy book with romance, mystery, and suspense, and as a reader I have always been a big fan of authors would mix genres, I think it allows them more freedom to work with in terms of story lines.
So to begin I want to say that I really do enjoy the writing style that Natasha has, she is a good writer to be sure. But that being said this book just didn’t work for me. I’m not really a fan of books that are more ghostly/spirits than other types of urban fantasy. I think its because I am really not a fan of books that are more haunting/horror in nature, they just do nothing for me. And to me it felt like this is what this novel was leaning towards, so I really just never bonded to the book the way I would have liked to. Another problem I had with the book was that there were a lot of really interesting story lines and plot points within it, but by the end of the book I felt like they were kind of unfinished. For me with books, if an author is going to introduce a plot point it has to be followed through on completely unless it’s a series or the epilogue takes care of it, neither of which apply to this book, so I had a real problem with the fact that some plot points weren’t followed through on completely.
I thought the characters in the books were interesting, Justine and Adam, but I didn’t make the kind of connection with the two of them that I wanted they. They were both pretty complex characters, and I liked that they had some really intriguing pasts that played a big part within the story.
I think the thing that stood out the most to me in the book was the writing style. Even though I wasn’t completely sold on the plot and I didn’t fall in love with the characters, the writing style made it to where the pacing of the book stayed really consistent. More than that though Natasha showed that she is one of those writers who can paint a scene with her words, it was really easy to see exactly what she was talking about, and she did a great job conveying mood as well. So if you like a more haunting urban fantasy book with quality writing this may be your book.