Author: Rose Burnhouse
Series: Hellhound 1
Rating: Two Petals
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When a strange diary written by what seems to be a tormented, terrified child turns up in a bar in Idaho, detailing the grisly atrocities committed by the diarist's 'master', Special Agent Sylvester thinks he may finally have a lead on his killer. The diary also brings in Tristan Lau, Walker's colleague with benefits and a man with a stubborn case of his own.
As their cases prove connected in ways they never could have anticipated, Walker finds himself guiding Lau through a secret world of magic even as their own connection deepens.
I received this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Walker and Lau are work partners trying to solve a series of brutal murders and disappearances. They travel together to a town where their case suddenly gets weird. There's a giant, red-eyed dog running around and tearing people's throats out. Figuring out who is kidnapping children and stopping them, all while dealing with the dog, gave this story a nice balance of different plot lines that I enjoyed.
This story is utterly lacking in description, but that appears to be a stylistic choice. The reader is thrust into what appears to be a mundane world, except every once in a while tidbits of magic are suddenly introduced. How magic is used, how Walker came to learn about the magic, and even the particular spells in use in the story are never given any depth. I felt like I was floundering and lost, trying to catch up with what was happening, yet that seems to be the point. The world in this book is the normal world and I should already know it; learning as I go along is the stylistic choice I believe Burnhouse made here for the readers. It was definitely a difficult way to get into the book and it made it hard to follow the plot, but it wasn't bad overall.
This book was definitely difficult to read. There wasn't enough description anywhere for me to feel like I fully understood what was happening or to have an appreciation for the plot, characters, or the world itself. I feel like this might have been a stylistic choice made by the author since it's so blatant, but I still can't recommend this book.
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