3 out of 4 stars
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Twisted threads by Kaylin McFarren is a psychological thriller novel. Often, when writers write, they have different reasons and motivation for doing so. It could be to explain a particular subject or to tell the history of a people or even as a tribute to a dead person. But this book was written purely as a form of entertainment. In the author's word, "the characters are credible, compelling, maligning, three-dimensional beings who are about as flawed, troubled, and contradictory as the written word allows".
The story follows the life of Akira as a professional assassin. She is committed to Zakura-Kai, Japan's notorious yakuza family. For the Zakura-Kai, the quest for vengeance upon former enemies was a necessity. They were brutal, deadly, and thorough in their operations. By some cruel fate, Akira, a former naive geiko found herself in this association. She was drowning in an ocean of hopelessness, unable to see a way out of her ordeal. Just then an opportunity came. She was asked to kill whoever was involved in the murder of Keiko, Mitsui-San’s sister and regain her freedom. To accomplish this mission, she has to board the cruise ship, Merry Mermaid. However, the story took a twist as she became romantically entangled with Devon.
There couldn't have been a better title for this novel. When I thought I could guess the rest of the story, the events took a different turn. I became curious to know how the story would eventually end. The author did a great job of telling the story from both Akira and Devon perspectives. It makes the book compelling to read.
I love that the character of the protagonist at the beginning of the book wasn't the same at the end. She progressed from being a hopeless assassin to a confident woman. She became the master of her own life and directed the course it takes. Although the author stated clearly in the author's note that "this book is purely for entertainment" but the book did more than that ( It's a motivating book). In life, we have to keep been hopeful even if been hopeful doesn't make sense.
The only downside to this book will be that the author added too many details, some of which were unnecessary. It makes the book to look as though the author was beating around the bush, not knowing exactly where she was heading. Additionally, I didn't fancy the inclusion of Japanese words without English interpretation.
I rate Twisted Threads 3 out of 4 stars, with 1 star deducted because of the reasons I mentioned above. Although I found three typo errors, it did not distract my reading interest. It was explicitly edited. I will recommend it to all book lovers especially those that prefer thriller and romance books.
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