Despite the fact that the cover evokes The Hardy Boys books of old, this really is a supernatural suspense for the modern guy or gal. It is the second in a series, and if you missed Blur, you should go check it out first. Think popular guy, strange visions of fiery girls, a shadowy government plot, and memories locked away in childood. I actually enjoyed this more than the first book, and I look forward to where the final book will take this fresh, engaging trilogy.
Daniel’s life has gotten better since solving Emily’s murder, but when the blurs begin again, they are hitting a little closer to home, taking him to places connected with his family and his past. There is an interesting new direction introduced in this book that promises to carry through to the next, and it builds a lot of momentum for the final book in the trilogy. Readers will get more answers about Daniel’s ability and why it manifested, so that is quite satisfying as well. Action is well paced throughout the story, and this book had plenty of puzzle pieces to sort through, so the suspense holds out pretty well. Maybe too well. I had a hard time with making the connections in this one, and the connection that Daniel can’t quite make between villains at the end left me unsatisfied as well. I also found many of the characters slipping into clear but simple black and white columns instead of the more realistic gray place where most of us reside. While this parallels with Daniel’s talisman story of the good and bad wolves, it makes it a little harder to see characters like Nicole or Ty as more than just pawns in the game. Overall, I still really think that Daniel is a character that readers of both genders can enjoy.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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