2 out of 4 stars
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Gemini’s Fury is a cozy mystery by C.E. Offord with a slightly supernatural twist that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. After awakening from a horrible dream, Carly is met with the worst news of her life. Her twin sister has been murdered – exactly as Carly saw in her dream. Detective Jack Lawson is on the case, but there just isn’t any evidence to lead him to the killer. Having already lost both of her parents and now her twin sister, Carly is all alone and has no one to depend on except the detective. Carly begins having more visions of the killer that could lead to his capture, but Detective Lawson is suspicious. How does Carly know so much when he knows so little? Carly’s inside knowledge may bring the two of them together, or it could end up driving them apart.
The story is told in third person perspective, but readers are able to follow along with Carly, Jack, a local reporter, and even the killer. The killer is introduced relatively early in the story, and his motives, style, and personality are no secret to the readers throughout the book. Because of this, it is not a mystery about who killed Carly’s sister; it’s more about the path that Carly and Jack take in order to catch him. I think the story is just as much about the killer as it is about Carly and Jack, the main protagonists in the story.
Although the killer was probably the most interesting character in the entire book, knowing his identity took away from a lot of the suspense of the story. The ending was rather predictable, and even though this is a relatively short book, the pages seemed to drag on with unnecessary information and repetition, especially when following Carly and the emotions that she was dealing with after the loss of her sister. Although it was stated within the story that Carly was a strong, independent woman, her actions did not reflect this, as she was incapable of doing anything without her sister or Jack there to guide her.
In addition to the predictable ending, the insta-lust between Carly and Jack was also quite predictable. It was also extremely uncomfortable for me. It seemed inappropriate given the circumstances, and frankly, it just made Jack look just as much like predator as the actual killer. I had a really hard time connecting with Jack Lawson because his inner monologue toward Carly was just so creepy, and he took advantage of a woman in a vulnerable situation.
I didn’t necessarily dislike this book, but I really didn’t like it, either. Learning about the evil killer was really the only thing that kept me interested in the story. Overall, I give this book a rating of 2 out of 4 stars. It has a good foundation, but I think there is a lot to improve. It does not appear to be professionally edited, which also contributed to my lack of enjoyment. With some editing and proofreading, readers who have a soft spot for romantic mysteries will enjoy this book.
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