A dash of dark and dangerous and a pinch of romance
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First thing first, I like the writing style of the author. He gives the characters distinct voices that make the book so much more interesting. That being said, there are some parts of the book that I believe is inconsistent to the premise?
For example, there are characters sharing vital information to the MC that “others” don’t know about. If others don’t know, if the information is a secret, then why did they share it so easily to the MC? It’s a bit illogical considering the circumstances surrounding those areas. It would’ve been more credible if the MC himself found out about it through investigation, rather than have the characters tell him when it’s confidential info. It’s just strange to me considering that, for others, the MC is merely a somewhat normal guy living a normal life. He hasn’t even earned their trust or gave reasons why they should trust him.
There’s also when the MC asked two complete strangers to live with him when he knows that he’s a danger to others, as stated by his best friend. If he can afford asking two strangers to live with him, then why did he tell his love interest to stay away? If the goal is to show that the MC still has a kind heart regardless of the situation that he’s in and the trauma that haunts him, then maybe show it in the first appearance when he bumped into his love interest? He could’ve been less rude by not ignoring her, tried to salvage the situation by showing remorse, and then maybe when the love interest expresses interest, that’s when he starts to close up and build walls.
Regarding the MC being a Shifter, it came such a surprise to me, and it just so happen to conveniently occur when the officer told him about Shifters. I know this is a thriller. I suppose I was thinking that there should’ve been a build-up about the MC being a Shifter, like some kind of sign that didn’t appear out of nowhere and not feel like a plot-convenience? Maybe when he and his friend were arguing, he could’ve shown signs that would have the readers take a second look? Maybe a growl, unusual show of strength, or whatever animalistic habits/signs there are? Sure, there was a scene where the love interest accidentally elbowed an object that the MC caught with ease (and without looking), but that feels like the bare minimum.
Although I’ve said all these points, I’m aware I haven’t read the entirety of the book, so there’s a huge amount of things I haven’t learned. I could’ve also missed some symbolism pertaining to the MC being a Shifter, and I’m just rambling at this point. The book already has so much potential and it’s well-written, although I feel like the execution needs a tweaking.
Overall, I’ll give it 4 stars. Kudos for the writer for putting hours and effort into making complex characters and events, as well as world building.