“Rumer Cross is
cursed. Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in
the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose
bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade.
Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she’s targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she’s hiding an occult relic, she’s drawn into the very world she’s been fighting to avoid.
Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront a terrible truth: that she’s cursed, because no matter what she does, everybody she’s ever grown close to has died screaming.”
This book has a huge Jessica Jones style feel to it, and I do love Jessica Jones. The kick ass, straight talking,attitude filled private eye. Rumer Cross is no different. Except for that rather than having super strength, she is, or believes she is cursed. She has read tales of her mother, an assassin, a killer, a woman who terrorized the streets of London. She believes that she was cursed when she was born, and that everyone she gets close too dies.
I don’t believe she was really cursed, I feel Rumer is more involved in a self fulfilling prophecy than anything else. She thinks everyone is going to die who gets close, and when they do, it’s an accident, and coincidence. It’s true, when you think bad about yourself for long enough and believe you are going to cause harm to people… eventually you will.
The first half of this book I really enjoyed, it’s a great ride, full of action and we are neck deep in the chaotic life of Rumer Cross from the get go. The reason is got a 3* rating from me, well, it really dropped off in the second half. The big villain, Mara, a total psychotic creep with his own personal dungeon and delusions of finding an object called the ‘Crook Spear’ so he can make him immortal, he was wasted I felt. Went from the crazy big bad terrorizing Rumer (which was great to read), and then he actually wanted to hire her which was where for me it got a bit boring I’m sorry to say. I think I would have preferred Mara over bringing in Rumer’s supposed dead mother Celene Cross back.
I couldn’t get behind the storyline of Rumer and Celene. Celene, who is meant to be the scourge of London, faked her own death and has been secretly stalking Rumer all her life. It didn’t feel, I don’t know, it just work for me at all. I really did struggle with the second half, a lot of Rumer being rude to Celene, and a lot of Celene being very perfect mother-like. It really took away from the story for me.
Like I said, I loved the first half of this book, it was really exciting. But it seems to lose its way somewhere and I just muster up any excitement, by the end I was glad I’d finished it.
It’s worth a look and a read if you are a fan of Jessica Jones and YA thrillers.
Lesley-Ann (Housewife of Horror)