Friday, September 23, 2011
God's Eye by A.J. Scudiere
Katharine Geryon is living the life her family name has dictated, and why not? After all, it has given her a good job in the family company and a fine life with all the things she should want. But all that changes as increasingly disturbing events begin to occur: soot stains on the carpet, glimpses of strange black animals, and cryptic messages written on her bathroom mirror. Baffled and afraid, Katharine begins to doubt her own sanity.
At the same time, two charismatic men enter her life: Allistair, her new assistant at work, and Zachary, a well-heeled neighbor who just moved into her building. Katharine soon finds each of them inextricably entangled in her affairs. As her life becomes stranger and her dreams more terrifying, she realizes neither man is what he seems and that she's caught in something far beyond her own comprehension. For the first time, she must reach beyond her own boundaries. There Katharine forges her first true friendship with Margot, a librarian who helps her discover what these men really are, why she's drawn to them, and what they want with her.
The answer places Katharine in the middle of a fierce battle that forces her to decide between the two men fighting for her soul.
In the end, only one can be saved, but all three will be judged.
With a mixture of horror, love and mystery, this book introduces us to a very different idea of angels and demons. The unique storyline makes it an interesting read for all paranormal lovers.
The novel has a wonderful beginning, taking the reader inside the pages immediately and keeping the interest level high as we are introduced to the main characters, Zachary, Allistair and Katharine. The suspense is handled well, allowing us just enough information to be a bit ahead of Katharine, but not know exactly what is going on yet. As the novel moves into the middle section, it slows down a bit, sometimes becoming a tad dull, as we read about the same things happening throughout the night: the soot stains, the writing on the bathroom mirror, and the strange animals that suddenly appear. It picks up as the end nears, and doesn’t let go until the last word. Not bad for a paranormal book of this length.
The characters are fully developed, the mixture of real qualities giving the demon and the angel believable aspects to their personalities. I do wish, however, that the author had explained a bit more why the two of them were so infatuated with our heroine. What propelled them to make the wager they did? Katharine is fun, and we get to see her grow through the novel, which many times gets forgotten in horror or paranormal novels. By the end of the book, we’ve come to know her and admire the strength that we’ve seen her develop.
This is a fun book that I can recommend to pretty much any adult who’d like a something a bit different.