DNF: Shrill Dusk by Helen Harper

City of Magic, Book 1

Synopsis: Charley is a cleaner by day and a professional gambler by night. She might be haunted by her tragic past but she’s never thought of herself as anything or anyone special. Until, that is, things start to go terribly wrong all across the city of Manchester. Between plagues of rats, firestorms and the gleaming blue eyes of a sexy Scottish werewolf, she might just have landed herself in the middle of a magical apocalypse. She might also be the only person who has the ability to bring order to an utterly chaotic new world.

Review: I had had a good time with another of the author’s novels and I was really curious to discover something else about her. I must say that the synopsis and the cover really made me want to discover it!

Charley is haunted by a tragic event of her youth, but today she is a housekeeper and poker addict, and she lives a little on the margins of society. Yet a magical apocalypse will change all that and she will find herself dealing with things she thought were impossible.

As I said, I was curious to discover this novel but I must say that I am disappointed. After trying several times to get back into the story, I preferred to stop at 40%. It’s not that it’s bad in itself, because the author’s style and some ideas are nice, but the story of the apocalypse is a bit absurd for me in relation to what’s going on and I admit that I was a little doubtful about the pink elephant. There are a lot of characters and unfortunately I didn’t really care about them, and I found the heroine a little too easy and naïve actually.

So no, it’s not bad, but it wasn’t for me either.

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