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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Book Review - The Midnight Side

Book Review

Bookshelves: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal

Rating: 3 of 5 stars (It was ok)

Recommended Age: Adult
Adultery, Stalking, Some romance (one sex scene), Murder

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Isa receives a phone call from her cousin in the middle of the night, her cousin is trying to ask for her help and warn her, but later that day she will find out her cousin died 2 days ago.  Isa, while mourning the loss of her lover, follows the request in the will that she fly to England and handle some loose ends.  While there Isa has more interactions with her new cousin and finds herself in the middle of a web of lies, deceit, obsession and revenge.  

This was a good read.  It's pretty detailed, but definitely more mystery than anything else.  There are some intense scenes, but I wouldn't label it as thriller.  The pacing was ok, but kind of slow.  The mystery is really what pushes you through.  You want answers.  You are given a couple of options for who the murderer/stalker is, but I wasn't too shocked at the end.  There is a nice little twist in there though that I wasn't expecting. I would've liked more on the paranormal side.  She talks about it a lot, but avoids the phone calls and dreams and we just have ideas of what "could have..." 

I do like the setting, while never having been to South Africa or London I have no idea to it's accuracy, but thanks to the description would be willing to go and find out.  

Isa wasn't my favorite character.  I didn't hate her, but I didn't love her.  She was just so easily led.  First without Alette all during their childhood, she talks of them being best friends, and all I could see is the dominant part that Alette played to her submissive.  Then again through her romantic relationships as well.  I think I would've loved Alette much more as a main character, if she wasn't, ya know, dead and all.  The men all had some level of creep to them which was a little off putting.  I didn't really want to see her with any of them.

This was my first Natasha Mostert and I heard Season of the Witch is even better.  Will be reading that one soon.  

Thank you Portable Magic LTD!

Happy Reading!


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