Monday, January 7, 2013

When I’m Gone


Author: Amber Redd
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-259-2
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Rickie Tatten’s an emotional wreck. His life partner’s been missing for months and now his sister’s dead. All he wants is to be left alone, but instead his manipulative mother gets him to retrieve his deceased sister’s belongings from the mental institution in Stone Trails where she lived when she committed suicide. The town’s isolated and snow covered and isn’t anything like what he expected. Some of the townspeople are friendly but there’s definitely a creepy feeling about others. When Rickie gets to the institution and starts asking questions about his sister’s death, he ends up fighting something he didn’t even know existed—werewolves.

When I’m Gone is the newest release in Amber Redd’s Stone Trail series and they should be read in order.

Rickie is an intriguing guy. He’s recently had a couple of terrible events in his life and he doesn’t have anyone to lean on for emotional support. He feels alone. His mother’s a manipulative character and while in the story briefly she’s nicely handled, and it sets up getting Rickie to Stone Trails.  The descriptions of the institution and town are filled with just the right amount of suspense and plenty of creepiness. There are some interesting townspeople that supply tidbits of information that round of the story and I hope to see them again.

Now to my cons:
  1. For its length, the story starts off with lots of build up, and despite being well written it seems to drag. It’s not until later that the plot seems to really speed up and then it seems rushed.
  2. The ghostly apparition, Albert and the werewolves are thrown into the plot in the short time span.
  3. Albert recovered too quickly (spoiler alert).
  4. For a Stone Trails book, I was expecting a much greater percentage of the story to involve werewolves.

Anyway, the potential is there and the ending leads to the happily-ever-after you’d expect. It also gives an inkling of new friendships with ‘good’ werewolves living in the area. So who knows what’s next, but it should be interesting. 

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