Shadows of the Past
By E.A. Jensen
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn
This is a book that was previously reviewed and after some changes has come to us to be reviewed again. Please see the previous review here.
Even in the shadows, her past haunts her
For five years, Kirsa Heinrich has tried to leave her past behind. Yet in a blink of an eye it all comes back to haunt her. A call from her old boss informs her that a series of heinous murders has occurred in her hometown. Each victim is protected under the Paranormal Laws, each one killed in a different manner. At each scene a cryptic message is left for Kirsa. Now Kirsa has to face her own past in order to solve the crimes. Ayden O’Brian is a member of an elite group of Vampires that work for the Vampire Council. He has been handed a case that hints at a traitor in their midst, one who is giving secrets to their biggest enemy. When the information that is being leaked pertains to Kirsa and her family’s connection to thecouncil, Ayden is sent to New Jersey to help Kirsa solve the case. Together they will unlock a long hidden secret about Kirsa’s family and an old war between vampires. For within the past, they will discover the secret to the traitor and the person responsible for the killings. (Amazon)
After this book went through being edited I re-read it for review. I did not notice any editing mistakes (and I did look for them). The story flows more smoothly. Without the editing distractions I was able to jump into the story with both feet.
I was able to enjoy the character development and I felt less confused than on the first read. I found myself caring deeply for Kirsa’s family. I also liked Louis much more. He was torn between duty and honor. He’s a killer but he has a conscience. His struggle was palpable. He links Kirsa to her past as he knew the ancestor she was named after.
Despite knowing how the story ends, I was engrossed with the mystery as it played out. I feel like I picked up much more of the vampire politics; I was easily able to distinguish between the investigators and all those who work on the cases.
I can honestly say I want to read the next book in the series. I’m looking forward to it. I’m not saying the book is perfect but it’s definitely worth your time.