The Half Killed by Quenby Olson (ARC Review by #NerdGirlBecca)

Half Killed

Title: The Half Killed 

Author:  Quenby Olson

Published Date: Expected August 2015

Genre: Historical/Supernatural


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Dorothea Hawes has no wish to renew contact with what lies beyond the veil. After an attempt to take her own life, she has retired into seclusion, but as the wounds on her body heal, she is drawn back into a world she wants nothing more than to avoid.

She is sought out by Julian Chissick, a former man of God who wants her help in discovering who is behind the gruesome murder of a young woman. But the manner of death is all too familiar to Dorothea, and she begins to fear that something even more terrible is about to unleash itself on London.

And so Dorothea risks her life and her sanity in order to save people who are oblivious to the threat that hovers over them. It is a task that forces her into a confrontation with her own lurid past, and tests her ability to shape events frighteningly beyond her control.

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***#NerdGirlBecca’s  Review***
When mysterious deaths, a massive heatwave, and devastating drought all hit London at the same time, some would think that God is working against them. Dorothea Hawes knows there is something wrong going on in her world. She is only brought further into the suspicion that all these events are not coincidences when Julian Chissick comes bursting into her life and asks her for an off request: help him find the man who killed a young woman. You can’t get much better than this plot. Add in supernatural/paranormal events and you’ve got yourself a grade A almost perfect novel. The journey these  two embark on will leave any reader grasping for the next page as soon as they start the first one.

I absolutely loved this novel. At first, it took me awhile to get into the story, and I didn’t think I would be able to continue reading, because I felt like nothing was happening.But, after the first few pages the detail that Olson paints of the main characters and their surrounding got me hooked and I couldn’t stop reading. What I really liked about this novel is the attention to detail. A lot of our society today is give me the action now I don’t care about the details, but this book gives you details that are extremely important to the story line and I really felt like I was Thea trying to figure out this mystery. The plot itself also has many layers.

Not only are you focused on the murder they are trying to solve, but you are also brought into Thea’s past and her supernatural powers they she possesses. The author does an amazing job of giving the reader hints throughout the story as to how the main character is related to the murder and why Chissick felt the need to involve her in this mystery. The best analogy would be to compare it to a spider’s web. The design is unique but each part comes together to make the beautiful web that we see. Like a spider’s web, this story has so many layers and keeps adding on until the end product is a beautiful web.

I am also a history buff, and I felt like I was in the time period fully. Sometimes author’s try to give you that feeling of being in the time period and don’t quite hit it, but this felt authentic. Even the style of writing felt authentic to the time period and that was a major plus for me and I sort of geeked out about it. The characters acted the way I would think they would act during this time period, and it showed that the author really understood the time period as well as her characters in that they didn’t stray far from who they were. I hate when characters flip flop throughout the story and do something that isn’t them and I never got that feeling while reading.

I am giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason why I took off a star is because I believe the meat of the story took too long to develop. For some readers, they need to get right into the action and though the detail was beautifully written, there were instances when I wanted to skim over the pages to get to the good stuff. This is no reflection of the author’s work, it’s me as the reader. It would be benefited from more action between the big things that took place in the story to keep my fully engaged. Once I got past the beginning which was mostly detail and history bringing me up to the aha moment it was a great novel for me to read.


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