I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Easily 4/5 stars for this.
I haven’t previously read any novels by Alan Baxter, however as soon as I read the blurb I was interested in the storyline and from the first page I was hooked and flew through it once I got going!
The short chapters combined with the great writing made it incredibly easy to keep going ‘oh just one more chapter’ and eventually you’ve read double what was initially anticipated.
This novel is full of intriguing characters and a crazy storyline; an urban fantasy story that grips you throughout and I found the concept of the drug ‘Misery’ really intriguing.
I loved the solid but sometimes rocky and anxious relationship between the Abby and Hines – they had incredible chemistry!
Abby’s character was very reminiscent of one of my favourite Marvel characters, Jessica Jones, which I really enjoyed. Her badass personality and alcohol dependency definitely contributed to this! I also loved the character of Hines and seeing his powers and connection to Cleveport grow stronger as the story went on.
As a massive metal head, I can confirm that there is not enough heavy metal references in any of the novels that I read so I definitely appreciated them scattered throughout this book
The only slight criticism I have was that sometimes the characters didn’t seem so memorable, and I would end up forgetting their name and would take me a while to remember where they were in the story. Having said this, maybe it wasn’t the writing so much as my lack of concentration whilst reading it, but hey.
I would highly recommend this book to those who are a fan of the genre and I can’t wait to read more from Alan Baxter.