Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Book Review: Silencing Breath by Joanne Brothwell(Stealing Breath #2)

Just as Sarah is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an Indigo Child and settling into a normal life with her beloved Evan, her entire world shatters when Evan disappears without a trace.

Desperate to find him, Sarah’s attempts to uncover clues to his whereabouts end up leading her to a sadistic serial killer who confirms her worst fears are true, Evan has been kidnapped, and he is once again in the clutches of his brutal, abusive family of necromancers.

Sarah’s search leads her not only to the evil people of Evan’s past he tried so desperately to protect her from, but also to The Key of Solomon, an ancient text for summoning the dead.


My Review: 
*I received a free copy of this book from the author through Paranormal and Horror Lovers in exchange for an honest review*. The review contains a few spoilers so read with care.

Stefano needs help with his plans and uses necromancy to unite with his father and take revenge on Evan. Frantic for his life, Sarah enlists her friends on a mission which puts them all in deadly danger.

I'm still giving it 3 stars though I did prefer book 1 in the series, Stealing Breath. There were some goods things in the sequel with the introduction of Evan's father who is a total psychopath, and the interesting twists in the characters of both brothers as the book developed. Stefano became a lot more interesting in this book which I liked. He becomes more complex instead of just being the bad guy from book one and being inside his head opened up a new side to the story. I ended up quite liking him because he had been given more depth. I did like the scenes with Sarah in the abandoned cabin and the plot still kept me interested. 

On the niggle side of things I found the story a lot slower in places as Sarah spent a lot of her time crying and brooding. Obviously I understood the need to show her emotional state for plot purposes but it did drift a bit in places for me. If less time had been spent on Sarah's self pity moments, we could have had more action. Sarah also doesn't seem to have learned her lesson about putting others in danger and I found her stupidity in the book was even crazier than book one! She was getting on my nerves a bit with her ditzy horror moveie dumb female persona. You sometimes feel as if she is very dumb young girl with the way she acts instead of an adult woman.

The bad guy reveal seemed a bit pointless with them dying right after being revealed to Sarah with little explanation for their actions given. I'd have liked a bit more of that, fleshing out the story a bit more. The ending in this book also felt a bit rushed and constricted with the appearance of Evan's mother, the big escape attempt and the appearance of the cure in such a short space of time. I'd have liked it to have been fleshed out a bit more at the end where more interesting things were happening and less of Sarah's despair and tears at the start. In some ways you were drifting along a bit only to be confronted with a big bang of plot action just before the book finished, which is a pity.

It was still an interesting and entertaining paranormal book. Enough happened to keep you interested and engaged in the story. It will be interesting to see where it goes in the next book. There is some sexual content and scenes of torture that younger teens might not want to read. The book should appeal to older teens, NA and adult readers.  
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