Today I have a review for the book Reprobation by Catherine Yearns.
Are you one of the elect?
Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.
When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.
Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell. Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.
I’m not really sure where to begin with this review as my feelings on the book are quite mixed. In terms of the overall story involving the murder I really enjoyed the whole plotline. Everything from the Nun to the Metal Band was different and intriguing. I liked the characters of Helen and Mikko a lot.
However, this is where I get conflicted. I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary filler. The Author spent quite a chunk of a fair few pages explaining religious things and other bits that just were not needed for the plot to work. After a while I found myself skimming over these bits as they were a detriment to my reading experience rather than bonus.
Despite this the plot and story was very well executed and Catherine has a great way of creating believable characters.
I would rate Reprobation 3.5 stars overall. It’s definitely worth a read if you like these sort of crime novels.
Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool, UK. Her first novel, a crime thriller called
‘Reprobation’, will be published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018. As a music journalist Catherine is a regular contributor to Pure Grain Audio, and she has also published numerous pieces of short fiction and non-fiction.Catherine has a degree from Oxford University and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She began her career as a financial analyst, but after having four children she retrained as a breastfeeding counsellor. Having lived in several countries, she recently
moved to Switzerland, where she discovered her love of writing and is a member of the Geneva Writers’ Group. She plays the piano very well but prefers to play the guitar very badly. Oh, and she likes metal music. A lot.
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