Name of the book: Touching Evil: A Leila Marx Novel
Name of the author: Amber Garr
Age group: adult fiction
Release Date: November 5, 2012
Disclaimer: This review is a part of a Blog Tour by Incandescent Enchantments. I got this book in exchange for my honest review.
Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiance is murdered. Her book illustrating career has limited her social contact and nightmares have trapped her in the past. When a police acquaintance enlists her help with a difficult case, Leila is surprisingly thankful to have a purpose. Not only will this help to keep her mind focused, but she will be able to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant that are frequently dismissed by skeptics. Leila and Detective Garrick Pearson delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while fighting their own growing attraction to each other.
Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target. Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.
Leila Marx is a social odd out. Not by choice but due to circumstances. After losing her fiancé in a senseless shootout, she had lost all her reasons to be sociable again. Moreover she was gifted. A gift that had been passed on to her by her family. The death of her fiancé had been more painful since she had expected to foresee his death and it had hurt her that with all her talent she could not do so.She is a touch psychic.
A year later, while she is still mourning, she is sought out by the police department to solve some of the crimes. Though it does not pay [for that she works as a book illustrator] but it helps her to sharpen her skill. It is here that she meets Detective Garrick Pearson. Initially they treat each other only professionally but in the course of time they do feel attracted towards each other.
But on the other hand, her best friend, introduces her to Conner. A relatively harmless guy with curly hair. But is he all that he seems to be? Conner introduces her to a world of magic which she had thought only existed in stories and myths.
While she fights along with Garrick to search for mysteriously missing girls, she joins with Conner to find the hidden truth behind those missing girls. Would the two men be able keep her safe or will the forbidden knowledge of the mysterious world consume her?
What I liked…..
The story line was very gripping. I had to finish this book. Though I am not a paranormal reader as a norm but I wanted to reach the end. The paranormal world along with the crime scene had a gripping effect while the romance developing amongst the characters was cute.[ though baffling at times].
After Conner introduces Leila to the supernatural beings, her bafflement, her terror and her growth as a psychic is very well etched. I loved the way words were used to describe the fight between Leila and The Evil One [Opps!!! I almost gave the name up]. It was picturesque and grotesque but kept you glued to the book till the very end.
What I didn’t like…
Hmmmm… let me think…..
Why did one of the guys have to go and why did it have to be that One ….. ? [ Oh God! I am dying to let it all out!!!]
I have one unanswered question? Was there a supernatural phenomena behind the fiancé dying? I got the impression that it could have been but I waited till the end and nothing came up. Maybe in the next part?
As I have already pointed out I had a loose end which needed an answer – the fiance’s death. I just hate not knowing. Sorry that is the busybody living inside me – a very stubborn busybody!!!
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Meet the author Amber Garr....
Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner and the author of The Syrenka Series and The Leila Marx Novels. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.
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