This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. It was sent to me last month and after a massive reading slump with no motivation, I finally read it. I’m so thankful that I did.
I was sent the synopsis for the book and was immediately intrigued by the concept.
“Welcome to Coalfields. A Town where everyone fits in. From murderers to rapists to paedophiles. And you. Yes, you. What? You think you’re so much different from them? That’s what Jack and Lia thought too. After all, what do two high school lovebirds have in common with a place like that? Nothing. Until one of them commits murder.” Elliott Morreau, Valentine Act 1.
I have always been interested in psychology and the minds of criminals. It had me hooked completely. A town filled with the worst of criminals and they all live together? And, on top of that dangerous mix, two teenagers on the run from committing murder. I was sold straight away and couldn’t wait to read. It was a fascinating combination.
It didn’t disappoint!
The novel was graphic mature content with rape, abuse, violence and sex. However, all of this was extremely necessary to the plot and to the characters.
I was in awe of Elliott Morreau’s writing straight away. From the very first page, I was hooked into the story of Jack and Lia. I wanted to know what would happen to them. Morreau’s writing is flawless, he managed to write incredibly flawed characters yet he made them readable and more relatable than I thought was possible.
The narrative structure of the novel works brilliantly with the story. The switches in character allowed us readers to see all perspectives. One of the most individuals aspects that I loved was the narrator’s voice. Every so often, the narrator would speak to the characters, talked about being the writer behind their lives and hinted at something dark and unfortunate to come. I loved this part. It was a fresh and exciting way to tell the story.
Although, I didn’t have the actual paperback of the novel, I love the cover. I think it’s beautiful. I love the illustration and colours.
My favourite characters were the two female detectives; Claudia and Rich. I’m excited to see how their relationship progress and how they become more involved in the second act.
This was a compelling read with rich characters. I’m excited to read the next novel and to see how the story unfolds.
Thanks for reading!
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