Published by Dzanc Books on April 12th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: IRead Book Tours
I received this book for free from IRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
A BLIND GIRL'S TERRIFYING "GIFT" ALLOWS HER TO REGAIN HER EYESIGHT--BUT ONLY AS SHE FERRIES THE RECENTLY DECEASED INTO THE AFTERLIFE.
Loreena Picket thinks she knows herself. A blind young woman who lives with her uncle, a reverend at a small-town church, she's a dutiful niece and talented pianist for the congregation.
But they're both hiding a terrible secret. Loreena can kill people with the touch of her hand.
While her uncle sees her as an angel of mercy, helping usher the terminally ill members of his flock into the afterlife, Loreena has her doubts.
Torn between doing her uncle's bidding and the allure of the fleeting moments when her eyesight returns on the journey to the other side, Loreena cooperates with her uncle until her troubled older brother returns to town. When she reveals her power by saving him from a local drug dealer, she is drawn into a sinister and dangerous world that will test the true nature of her talent and force her to consider how far she is willing to go to survive.
An exciting debut that crosses fantasy and literary fiction, Loreena's Gift is a thought-provoking meditation on life and death and what ultimately lies beyond this world.
Loreena spends just about all of her life at the church with her Uncle. She leads a quiet life playing music fo the congregation on Sunday and taking the rest of the week being in a routine with her Uncle. Every once in a while, he takes her out to a parishioner’s house with one who is dying and Loreena imparts her gift to them to relieve them of their suffering. Her uncle says it’s all a part of G-d’s plan. On one of these visit’s her brother saul finds her. He wants to take her away from the church and have fun so they go out one Friday night. It turns into a sinister turn of events when Loreena has to use her gift to protect her brother. The wrong people find out and Loreena gets taken. Now bad people have say over how she uses her gift. Will she survive the Biker gangs misuse of her gift. Will she lose her mind before she loses her life?
The Pearls – This book was well done. It had all the elements of good craft. Strong- plotline, great characters, good pacing. It was really good.
Loreena was a highlight for me in this book. She comes off as mousey at first but she quickly grows into her role the circumstances forces her in. I don’t think I have ever seen a character grow in a story with such strength and finesse as Loreena did. It was incredible to see her endure though many times she wanted to give up. It was inspiring.
The supporting characters were well done as well. There were characters you wanted to love or really hate there was not many characters that fell in between that. Just overall a healthy offering of characters of all kinds to make for a well-developed story full of depth.
The setting of this book small-town Idaho. Was perfect for this story. Sinister things can happen with people who get bored with small town life and look for something elsewhere. The setting was ironic at the same time fitting to the story.
It was a good book.
The Sand – There were some disturbing scenes in the book that could not be helped given the nature of some of the characters and what they did.
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