Thursday, May 2, 2019

Ragged Alice, by Gareth L. Powell

★★★☆☆ Average

(Paranormal Detective Procedural) DCI Holly Craig struggles to find a serial killer, and her paranormal gift for seeing the darkness in people’s souls is as much a hindrance as a help. (34,213 words; Time: 1h:54m)

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Review: 2019.279 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a cool mystery, and it’s fun gradually learning about the town, about Holly’s background, and about the various people who might have been involved.

Holly’s gift is just strong enough to be useful, but very far from powerful enough to remove tension from the story.

Con: From the title of the novella, we’ve got a fair idea who the murderer will turn out to be.

The actual motivation seemed weak to me. Why kill the sons of the boys who murdered her? And the ending is just bizarre.

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