3 out of 5 stars
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In Louisiana folklore, a rougarou is a fictional monster who lurks in the bayous waiting for the opportunity to harm someone. In this story, however, the rougarou is a real person who poses a danger to everyone he comes in contact with. Killing the Rougarou by Shawn M. Beasley is about the obstacles faced in trying to eliminate the elusive beast.
The book is divided into three parts. Part One, "The Girl," has 46 short chapters. The protagonist, a girl named James, is introduced. Except for the fact that she has two supportive parents and three loving brothers, she could be Kyra from Where the Crawdads Sing. Even though the writing is in the third person, James is the focus of this part. The effects of the rougarou on the whole community are explained amid examples of the Cajun culture.
Part II, "Cat," introduces a completely different set of characters in a different setting. There are 27 chapters. At first, I was confused and thought this might have been a collection of short stories. It takes quite a while before a connection is made between the two parts. This lack of transition was my least favorite part of reading this novel.
Part III, "The Pair," continues with the story of the character of Cat. There are 45 chapters in this part. It is here that the main action takes place with plenty of conflicts and drama. This is listed as a romantic thriller, and the sex scenes are plentiful. The descriptions are detailed enough that they could be used as a textbook on different ways to have intercourse, but the acts are not erotic or pornographic. There were some situations in this part where the characters' actions were not believable.
This is book one in a series centered around James and her siblings. The author has included a short sample of each of the other books in the series. Each one centers around a different character. Normally I am not a series fan, but I became invested in these characters and want to know how their lives turn out. I like that the author was able to arouse my curiosity without making me angry that there were unresolved issues at the end.
My rating is three out of five stars. I was disappointed at the lack of editing. The errors were numerous and distracting and created a need to deduct a star. The other deduction was for the lack of connection between the first two parts and for the unrealistic scenarios in the third part. Romantic thriller fans, who are not bothered by explicit sexual encounters, will enjoy this book. It offers both romance and thrills. It also offers an opportunity to learn about another culture. Because it is part of a series, it should provide hours of entertainment.
Killing the Rougarou
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