3 out of 4 stars
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Fasten your seatbelt for Jeremy Thompson’s Inferno Child—the first book in the Chronicles of the Kala’kort series packs quite a punch. The novel cleverly blends multiple genres—crime, thriller, mystery, and historical fiction—and takes readers on a whirlwind journey they won’t soon forget.
After being dispatched to the scene of a gruesome massacre, Police Lieutenant Jared Brewer and his colleagues are shocked by the sheer depravity and nature of the crime they encounter. What’s more, the entire local PD is baffled by the kind of weapon that may have been used to kill majority of the victims. However, much to the disappointment of the PD, the investigation is mysteriously redirected and swiftly swept under the rug before any crucial information is uncovered. Even so, Jared Brewer and his captain discreetly stay committed to the case. This sends the two men on a perilous journey that not only threatens their livelihood but also overall safety. For Jared, the journey also quickly becomes personal when he begins making the connection between his great-great-grandfather’s stories and the brutal killings.
Inferno Child had me enthralled from the first few pages and held my attention all the way to the end. The intense scenes, vivid descriptions, and gripping storyline ensured that there was no dull moment. An interesting aspect of the novel is that it encapsulates two parallel stories that unfold a century and a half apart. Each story holds its own with an interesting cast of characters, well-described settings, and pacing that never drops. Additionally, the narrative switches between the two timelines effortlessly; each story so magnetic that I was left craving more with each switch.
The interesting dynamic between characters kept me glued to the pages. Brewer and the captain’s working relationship and their quest to find the truth also captivated me. Some of the supporting characters' names, such as Night Sounds, Storm’s Eye, and Big Red Meat, etc., in context were funny to me, as it clued me in on their roles in their tribes.
The author’s first-rate writing style transported me to both settings with ease, and I couldn’t help but feel immersed in the world of the characters regardless of the timeline. Further, I enjoyed trying to piece together the mysteries from both stories. Additionally, I appreciated the plot twists that threw me for a loop, and the supernatural elements of the story left me intrigued.
Not for the faint-hearted, the narrative contains numerous graphic descriptions of violence and death. In addition, there are a few details of a mature scene intended for an adult audience. The novel would be best suited for those who enjoy books that blend multiple genres, especially thrillers, crime mysteries, and historical fiction. I would happily recommend this book but with a little caveat: the narrative does end with a number of cliffhangers. This was one of the aspects I disliked most. I was a little disappointed to not have all the answers I had longed for after all those pages. That being said, this is only the first book perhaps more answers will be found in the second book.
All in all, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Though the book is well-written, I did encounter more than ten errors—misspelled words being the most common followed by missing punctuation marks.
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