Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Fifth Petal (The Lace Reader, #2)The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This story follows the re-opening of a 20 year old crime, in which three of the Salem "witches" descendants in modern-day Salem got mysteriously killed.

Our main character Callie Cahill, was a child at the time of the crime, has been scarred for life (both figuratively and literally). Years later, she hears of an incident of a young teenage book dead in her hometown, Salem and Rose, her second mother from her past is being suspected. That drags her back, where its time to discover the answers about what really happened.

It's an average whodunit, and although this was fast paced, it had no real big twists or turns that I didn't see coming. At some points in this book, the answer was so obviously in front of Callie's face, that I was getting legit frustrated with the character's believed perception of what happened.

The romantic subplot was predictable, but I felt there to be absolutely no chemistry between the love interests. In general, this was an unnecessary side-tracking of the main mystery plot. I was also caught unaware that this was the second book in a series, therefore I might have missed some of the context clues in the first book.

“Tell me what you want, and I'll tell you who you think you are. Tell me what you fear, and I'll tell you who you really are.”

“I am a cypher...I carry no weight, no worth, no influence. I represent nothing. I do not exist.”

Writing style wise, it was almost too simplistic and self-helpy to me. For example, in the quotes that I have above I felt like the author tried too hard to get their point across. I understand that she wants our main characters to get extremely reflexive about their past, and how it's affecting right now, but it did get tiring at some point. This type of writing didn't click with me, with is the main reason why I just didn't care about this story.

**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinion are my own.**

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