Enthralled

Enthralled - K. Drollinger Annette is living a normal life as a vet with her grandfather in a nice town in the Pacific northwest of the US. She has a quiet life, filled with the normal problems of her grandfather’s bereavement, her neighbours and her work. At least, she would have if it weren’t for the disturbing dreams she has – the dreams of women being murdered long in the past.Until in comes Phyllis, a highly eccentric woman claiming to be psychic and talking to animals – including an injured wild opossum she insists on adopting. Phyllis is on her way to a job – to find hidden treasure in an old manor house in the middle of nowhere in a gated estate. And she has pictures of the woman from Annette’s dreamAnnette is uprooted following the image of this strange woman and trying to find her ghost. But upon arrival she learns far more than she imagined – and that there are far more terrifying and powerful creatures that ghosts lurking in the world. But when in an isolated home in the middle of a storm and people start disappearing, you have to learn to adapt quickly; especially when your life is on the line.The concept of this book was interesting, we have several qualities here I love. We have a diverse and rich supernatural world, we have different kinds of supernatural creatures. I also think that the creatures in question – especially the fae and the vampire but even the werewolves, go back more to the original core of their myths rather than more recent urban fantasy tropes. I appreciate the revisiting of the classics with a new twist on them. I also like that the main character is a medium, it’s also not something that is commonly done and presents with a whole new set of ideas and potentials.And having several strangers go to a house with dark and hidden intent and then face a life threatening mystery is an old theme – but it’s a goody and has a great deal of potential when it comes to tension, grand revelations, trust and isolation.But the execution wasn’t something I enjoyed for several reasons.The writing style struck me as clumsy. It was over-written for one. It was wordy, over-described and had an excessive use of Annette’s full name when “she” would have been more than sufficient. I also don’t think the word “say” was used once in the book. There was plenty of sneering and shouting and screaming and yelling and even bubbling, but no-one actually said anything. Apart from being jarring and clumsy, it meant no-one actually had a conversation – and there was an impression that they all flew off the handle into massive rages at the slightest thing since they started shouting and screaming almost instantly. For some reason they also stop using contractions randomly as well, and the conversations themselves suffer from too many words – it’s like people pause to tell mini speeches to each other. Unfortunately there’s such a lot of conversation in the book that all of this combines to not be a hurdle I have to jump to enjoy the book so much as a massive barricade to scale – a barricade manned by rabid, gun toting militiamen at that.Read More