“Gothic curses, deadly love affairs, and vengeful ghosts combine to make this paranormal mystery a compelling page-turner.” — Tina Connolly, Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin
Lucinda Hightower is no stranger to death.
Since she was a child, Lucinda has been haunted by rabid dogs, suicidal crows, and the ghost of a woman in white. All are omens signaling someone’s imminent demise—except Lucinda’s friends and family is still breathing.
The omens follow her to Ireland and the quiet university in her father’s hometown, increasing in strength and frequency once she meets Damien Reed. A handsome third-year student, Damien thrusts himself into Lucinda’s life almost immediately and caresses away the unsavory reputation that shadows him.
It’s not until the ghost sinks her nails into Damien that he reveals his secret: the death omens are for him.
They’re the manifestations of a curse that claims the life of the eldest Reed son every generation. Damien’s time is nearly up. If Lucinda is to save him, she must solve the mystery of her family curse, and lay a spirit’s rage to rest.
A dark romance for fans of Diane Setterfield and the TV show Supernatural, The Longing and the Lack is a Gothic story for the modern age.
The Longing and the Lack has the potential to be a great book. It has a unique plot, interesting characters, unpredictable twists and turns, and of course, a gorgeous book cover!
The story started where Lucinda moves in Ireland where her father grew up, and while staying in the pub, a raven swooped down in the street, and her roommate noticed that it was a big bird. Since there, I had seen how Lucinda was being haunted by these bad omens and how it only worsens when she moved to Ireland. She also met Damien whom Naomi wanted her to avoid at all costs, but she finds out that he might have answers on the things that she was experiencing.
The synopsis already told me that I would enjoy this book, and yeah, I did. But, there were just very few issues just like how the informational background of some characters in the story kind of lacking and one of my peeves in a story, the insta-love. But, overall, I really like the story, especially how the author has written this book. It is just easy for me to get connected with the characters, and as soon as I read it, I already got engaged. I just find myself done with this book after some hours or maybe, almost a day!
Most of the characters are likable, and I like how the author includes diverse characters here in the story. I just really hope that most of them will be given enough information about them and of which would help the readers understand them more.
The ending is really good! It is unexpectedly incredible for me. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I am recommending this book for everyone, especially those who like a combination of diverse characters and gothic story with a touch of curses and mystery.
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader’s copy from Xpresso Book Tours.
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Series: The Unliving, 01
Genre(s): New Adult, Paranormal
C.M. Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of high fantasy FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN and the paranormal series, “The Unliving.” His enduring love of fantasy started young. Now, he explores the rules and ramifications of magic in his own works—and as a trans, panromantic asexual, he’s committed to queering his favorite genres. In his spare time, he plans his next tattoo (there will always be the next tattoo) and watches too much Netflix. Anything left over is devoted to his tireless quest to make America read more. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his darling husband Matt and adorable dog Jay.