I must admit based on the cover and description, I thought this book was going to be chick lit, even after reading the first chapter--but everything is not as it seems in A LIFE WITHOUT LIVING. Readers with a love for the fantastical much like my own books will be pleasantly surprised. This paranormal mystery includes just the right amount of romance--perfect for Valentine's Day--enough to make the reader root for the cursed lovers, but not too much as to distract from the overall plot.
Reincarnation, gypsies, a love affair that dates back over 400 years and a twisted obsessed husband a midst it all, hunting his object of prey without her knowledge--this brilliant novel has it all. Not to mention, it offers up a whole new twist on reincarnation--cursing one love to eternal life while the other reincarnates endlessly. The characters, the magic, the past life back-story, everything clicked perfectly. The pages flew by as I read, utterly entranced by the easy tone of the novel.
Katarina and Gio as the main characters were wonderful, although I found myself mostly drawn to Gio's chapters, an oddity because I normally dislike being in a man's POV. And then there is Willem, one of the Strega Onesto, charged with assisting Gio on his mission to reunite with his lost love--he had a fun little side story happening with Claire and I really grew to care about the subplot as well as the plot--a rare occurrence indeed.
The only thing that hurt was the ending but thankfully there is a second book in the series. Aside from that, S.C Alban has done a beautiful job here and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see what's happens to this twisted trio.
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Author of The Temple of Indra's Jewel & Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire