The Curse Keepers Denise Grover Swank.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews
well, I’ve read and loved a couple of Denise’s books, and yet read another that didn’t work for me so…this one…should I request it? Well, I did and it was a fun read.
It’s based around the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Denise has taken the legend and compiled this gripping tale from it. In her version it disappeared as a result of a curse, and the two families involved have a gate keeper in each generation, and must keep the artefacts needed for the future, and the story a secret. Ellie was brought up as a gatekeeper being the only child of her gatekeeper father but after a family tragedy in which her mum died when she was eight, she’s given up on the whole story, nothing has happened in the past 400 years and she thinks its just one of those long held, but untrue tales. Then she meets Collin….and everything changes, literally with a bang.
So, I liked Ellie. She’s a lovely lady, working hard to help her dad and step mother, a loving daughter and good friend. Who wouldn’t think this was just a family tale after so many years, and now her dad has Altzeimers just when she needs his help she’s stuck. Luckily Collin, the other gatekeeper, knows what they need to do. He’s a conundrum though, drop dead sexy and a self admitted man whore, he tells Ellie not to trust him, and its clear he skirts around the edges of the law. He takes his gatekeeper role very seriously though. He’s a real jerk to Ellie, and to be honest even though she knows something extraordinary has happened it seemed to me incongruous that she’d say “ I’m on shift for another 20 mins” or “ I mustn’t be late for work/have to visit dad, have to…” lots of mundane excuses, when priorities should have been clear to her that the end of the world as they know it could be coming within days. Dead birds? Nah, that was the storm, yes its a pretty pattern but co-incidence. Ghostly spirits figures threatening her? Well, she must be short on sleep. Though I understood at first she carried on with this far too long, and though Collin was a jerk ( a sexy jerk!) I could feel his frustration and agreed with it.
There was lost of action in the story, interesting additions to legends, some sensual and sexy interludes 🙂 and some side mysteries that I think might play out more. I wanted to know what Collin was hiding – it seemed clear he wasn’t totally upfront about something, and the undercurrents from that rippled through each interaction they had, with me wondering “is this when we find out what he’s hiding?” but that doesn’t happen til the end – and what a big secret that was – really took me by surprise even though looking back there were strong hints. His name – another reviewer mentioned that and I agree, maybe its just us older generation, Collin is a name from our childhoods not from our kids, and it just doesn’t conjure up sex on legs, smouldering, mysterious personalities – more a dull, boring, nitpicking office obsessed person. You know – the sort that live for their job, and think party conversation is the time to discuss how many paper-clips were missing at the annual stocktake, and who’s go to chat line is “come up and see my filing”….It’s priced at £3.99 for 314 pages.
Stars: Four, interesting read but with some reservations.
ARC received via Netgalley