Sweeter Than Sin, Shiloh Walker
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
So, I made a big mistake here..I’d read some of Shiloh’s paranormal works and knew I liked her writing style, so didn’t do my usual research on this book. I therefore missed that there were three novellas and a full length book prior to this one, and that its an on-going series. I loved the story, dark and gritty, and the way it was told but….I was lost so often, having to back track to see who was connected to whom, and where people fitted in the story. It really left me in the dark and missing vital points. There are some terrific characters and storylines here, but to appreciate them properly I needed to read the earlier books, and of course if I’d done that I would have realised it wasn’t a stand alone, and not been surprised and disappointed at the somewhat abrupt ending where I felt I still has so many questions. It wasn’t til I’d finished and felt it seemed like there was more to come that I discovered what I’d missed. Don’t make my mistake, read the earlier books – you’ll get so much more from this well written and dark, gritty suspense novel.
What’s scary though is that I could see this really happening, the way people convince themselves that what they want to do it fine because they create “reasons” and “benefits” to the people being abused…and the way people in small towns are often so inter-related or lifelong friends that they draw together to avoid scandal…Its wrong, but everyone knows it happens and standing up to it is hard when you don’t know who you can trust, but leaving it lets the crimes become more entrenched and hidden deeper. Gah! Got that off my chest. Its a novel that even though I missed much of the connections and history made me think deeply and feel so much for the characters involved.
Stars: Four, had I read the previous novels I’d be giving this a five I think, but as it is because I was so lost I didn’t fully get engaged with it so that’s why it’s dropped a star.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers