Storm Rising by Rachael Richey
The Nighthawk Series #1
Frontman of the grunge rock band NightHawk, Gideon Hawk has had enough of the rock star life. He is jaded, disillusioned, and haunted by the memory of an unresolved heartbreak. On a whim, he leaves the band in New York and heads to England in search of answers.
After attending the funeral of her estranged mother, Abigail Thomson makes a shocking discovery in her parents’ attic. The still-raw memories that surface, along with even more startling discoveries, force Abi to face a devastating truth that leads to a series of life-changing events. She and Gideon must race against time to reclaim the life stolen from them a decade before.
Storm Rising is the first book I have read by this author, I was gifted a copy of this book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
For some reason I’m finding this book quite difficult to review.
This book is multi POV and flashes backwards and forwards between the early 90’s and 2005.
The multi POV is at times a little disconcerting, Lots of characters ‘voices’ were heard but mostly they were snippets at a time and left me intrigued but a little aggravated.
This story moves at a snail’s pace for the first 80% of the book, I was willing the plot to speed up so we could get to the good stuff. But then the last 20% was in fast forward and went at breakneck speed, it was literally one extreme to another and all the good stuff that I was waiting for was over in the blink of an eye.
My favourite character in this book was Judy she was a lovely girl and the only character with a loud unique ‘voice’.
In this book we learn a little about Abi and Gideon’s past and a little about their present, but even by the end I didn’t feel like I knew the characters that well. We don’t know anything about the 10 years that pass between them being together as teenagers and reunited as adults.
There is a scene in this book that was very close to a deal breaker for me, I don’t want to reveal any spoilers but it made me feel sick and I was on the verge of closing my kindle and declaring this book a DNF. This scene was horrifying and apparently that type of thing is an absolute hard limit for me!!!
Abi’s mom was a monster!!! I mean an absolute scum of the earth monster wrapped up in an old fashioned, respectable cloak. I HATE her!!! I mean I absolutely HATE her, I’m so glad that the woman is dead from the first scene because I don’t think I could have stomached her being alive.
The plot twists were fairly obvious from early on and the drip feeding of info became a little convoluted as we got closer to the big reveal.
I really wanted this book to delve a little deeper into Abi and Gideon’s characters, we learn what happened to them but the author never really looked at how that affected them. Unfortunately this made the characters a little two dimensional.
I’m not sure what Simons role was in this plot, obviously his deception is part of why Abi and Gideon were separated for ten years. But Simons POV dips in and out of the story but I didn’t feel like he added to the plot. He definitely had a sinister edge to him and maybe he’s gonna go psycho serial killer in the second book but who knows.
Overall this book was OK but not great.
I think had this book got to the point a bit quicker and then really invested in the main characters emotions this could have been fantastic.
As it is Storm Rising gets 2 stars from me.