Book Review: Between by Clarissa Johal

Between by Clarissa Johal Cover ArtSynopsis:

How far would you go to redeem yourself?

As a young girl, Lucinda was able to see spirits, a gift that didn’t come without its problems. Now, a dedicated young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that every life can be saved.

After a devastating accident, Lucinda tries to escape her past by moving to a small town. There, she meets a newcomer and feels an immediate connection with him. But there is another mysterious stranger to the small town, one that stirs within her a mixture of unease and desire.

As Lucinda is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is likewise pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. Forced to make difficult choices, she finds that the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life…but a battle for their salvation.

About the Author:

Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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My Review:

I really liked the character of Lucinda, she was caring and wounded and the kind of girl you’d want to just give a great big hug to. My only gripe with her was that there were all these men in her life falling over themselves to be with her and she still couldn’t admit to herself that she was beautiful. An endearing quality for a bit, but at some point a girl just has to look in the mirror and say, ‘Hot Damn!’.

‘Between’ comes from Musa Publishing’s Thalia (horror) imprint and to me, this was a bit misleading. I’m a hard core horror reader, and author, and I found the distinct lack of scare and tension frustrating; however, when I changed the profile of the book in my head to a paranormal romance – it worked so much better and I really started enjoying it.

As a writer, I felt there was a lot going on that didn’t feed into the main plot, so this made it quite complicated. However not so much to distract from the core story, which itself was intriguing and well-written. It is slow to get going, but all good things come to those who wait.

The front cover does the book no justice at all. It’s boring and not eye-catching, in fact I almost didn’t review the book – as like most people I do judge a book by its cover (shallow but realistic). It was pure hap stance that made me scroll down the page to the description, which made me think, ‘yeah, that sounds like an interesting story’.

I’d give this book 4 out 5 stars. It lost the last star because of the front cover, not on the appeal of the actual book itself.

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