Friday 21 September 2012

Last Regress by Rachel J Thorne - Book Review

Title: Last Regress
Author: Rachel J Thorne
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 15th July 2012
Pages: 212
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Review Copy from Author

Alyssa Matthews thought she had an explanation for everything. After all, as a slightly sceptical paranormal investigator that was what she was used to doing; researching, observing and explaining.

So when she began writing a paper about a long forgotten case of death by Spontaneous Human Combustion, she assumed it would be a run-of-the-mill piece. Little did she realise that she was about to be plunged into a situation that would not only force her to question her own sanity, but also her scepticism about the nature of the paranormal.

Not to mention the dreams that just wouldn’t go away...
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I read this book in one sitting and found the storyline fairly engaging. It is a quick, easy read and the prose flows nicely. The premise of this book was interesting, but I wish the author had taken longer to explain a few things in more depth, such as the magic behind the lyrics. I got the impression a sequel may happen, though, so perhaps this explanation will come to the fore then.

The main gripe I had was the seeming 'love at first sight' of the two main characters. I struggled to believe in their relationship as it seemed too sudden and unprecedented. But in other respects they were intriguing characters and I'd like to see them explored further in a future book.

All up, I found this a promising start: not polished to perfection yet, but with plenty of scope to do so in future works.

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