Sunday, April 24, 2011

Nocturnal Origins by Amanda S. Green

Nocturnal Origins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dallas Police Detective Mackenzie Santos survived a brutal attack a few weeks earlier and has now returned to work only to find out that the monster that attacked her is still gunning for her. Mac is suffering strange after-affects and is having a difficult few days. In fact, she wonders this is real or some awful nightmare.

Mac and her new partner, Pat, leave no stone unturned in their search for the elusive and vicious killer. As she and Pat diligently work the case together Pat helps Mac come to better understand and accept her new reality. The friendship between the two women grows slowly even as their progress reports to their leader and Captain, Mike King, become increasingly alarming.

The truce between the natural-born shifters and the weres is on the cusp of a total breakdown. Neither leader wants to escalate the tensions, possibly provoking a war, however, there is a faction of discontented were’s being led astray by a malcontent with a personal agenda – and Mac is at the top of his “to do” list.

I really enjoyed the fact that most of the story takes place in and around the Greater Dallas Metroplex, since I am familiar with the area. I often found my attention wandering and I would have liked there to have been more action throughout. The author did not stint on describing the thoughts, concerns and worries of the important characters, but I feel the redundancy became excessive and because of that the pacing suffers. The characters are intriguing, and the important ones are especially well-fleshed. My feeling is that Ms. Green intent was to add realism by allowing the characters to give voice, both verbally and mentally, to the fears and insecurities that any of us would feel in a similar situation. However, in my fantasies, I have to say that I prefer the main character, especially, to be less of a whiner. The plot and the mystery element both are thin. All in all, for me this was an Ok read. I would have preferred a tighter overall structure, though I do think the conversations between the characters were written well and seemed natural.

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