Jesse Webber’s life has just begun to return to normal after the accident that killed her husband two years ago. Easing back into life as an auto mechanic and navigating nightmares of childhood abuse barely leave her enough time to feed her numerous pets. The last thing she needs is a complicated romance.
But when forensic investigator James Williams enters her life, there’s no looking away. He’s got a hold on her that seems to be supernatural, and it awakens a gift of psychic insight in Jesse that may help him solve a series of murders rocking their Florida community. Will Jesse let her guard down enough to allow James to help her heal and love again? Will this new relationship distract him and let a serial killer escape justice?
This is the gripping premise of The Guardian of Death, a novel with a fast-moving plot, full of twists and new discoveries. Jesse is a complex character, and the way her husband’s spirit enters the story, while completely over the top, fits perfectly here.
As such, the book has great potential, but is in need of a thorough revision. Spelling and grammatical errors abound; the dialogue is often overstuffed with narrative detail; the point of view sometimes shifts within a paragraph, leaving who “I” is at any given moment in doubt. All these things distract from what could otherwise be the beginning of a highly successful series.
Author Angelique Page has got the right storytelling stuff; The Guardian of Death’s plot is great, scary, romantic fun. Hopefully, with more attention and polish to the writing mechanics, it will be the first of many to come.
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