This is the first in a four book series. And it’s a thrilling start to a wicked and twisted ride. It’s a little fascinating to me that the writer is male yet, the female lead character is written so incredibly well, it’s almost mind boggling.
Afton Morrison is a small town children’s librarian. She’s got all kinds of rage and homicidal tendencies built up inside her that she has suppressed for decades. She wants so badly to let it all out, to kill someone. But not just anyone. This first kill has to be special, mean something, make a difference. It’s almost like she wants to use her evil for good.
She’s also got a sort of split personality. It’s such a crazy dynamic. She’s named her other personality Animus. They are both VERY aware of each other, which is not common in clinically defined Multiple Personality Disorder. It’s so creepy. The way they talk to each other is baffling. Animus is constantly antagonistic while Afton repeatedly has to either ignore or confront the wretched yet enticing ideas that Animus puts before her. And Afton can SEE Animus, so it’s not just like she’s only hearing voices.
Afton isn’t your typical librarian either. She’s not dainty. She’s not prim and proper outside of work. And she loathes children. She is easily annoyed at other people’s stupidity, their disrespect and their complete ignorance and apparent lack of intelligence.
There’s so much involved in this short but, very captivating 142 pages. It grips you from the very beginning and keeps you hanging on, a little suspense, a little tension, a little information here and there, all making your pulse rise and your breathing speed up. This book had me anxiously turning pages. I am DEFINITELY going to be wanting the rest of the series!!
RATINGS 5/5 Stars
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