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Review of Little Eve

I admit, Little Eve is really not my kind of story. But occasionally, I step outside my comfort zone. Little Eve ended up being that reading challenge.

So, first things first. This book is so well written, that I kept reading despite my discomfort. The author’s style is at once simple and lush, evoking a starkness to the narrative that is rich with disturbing characters and menacing landscapes. This book is very accessible and the plot developed at a pace that prevented me from putting it down.

Ultimately, the things that evil characters do to other characters is what turns me off of this type of novel. It probably seems odd that I am giving a positive review to a book I ultimately did not like, but I know there is an audience for this book and I want them to find it. Fans of gothic horror stories will devour this book and then look for more books by Catriona Ward.

Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book. My review is my honest opinion.

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About Little Eve by Catriona Ward

“A great day is upon us. He is coming. The world will be washed away.”

On the wind-battered isle of Altnaharra, off the wildest coast of Scotland, a clan prepares to bring about the end of the world and its imminent rebirth.

The Adder is coming and one of their number will inherit its powers. They all want the honor, but young Eve is willing to do anything for the distinction.

A reckoning beyond Eve’s imagination begins when Chief Inspector Black arrives to investigate a brutal murder and their sacred ceremony goes terribly wrong.

And soon all the secrets of Altnaharra will be uncovered.

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