The Longing and the Lack
(The Unliving #1)
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
“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 are 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.
Longing and the Lack by C.M. Spivey was a decent book to read, and it was enjoyable, but at the same time, it was lacking that spark that I like when reading. I just didn't connect with this book like I was hoping to.
The book itself was well-written, and the pacing was wonderful. I really enjoyed the fact that the plot was very original, and there were many twists and turns throughout the story. The thing that I wished had been in the story was more world building and the fact that there wasn't as much background as I like when reading.
The one thing I hated was the love triangle - I hate love triangles in any book, so it was expected when it happened. And when I know they are there I can tolerate them more, but this one was out of the blue, and it just ruined the romance aspect of the story for me.
All in all, an enjoyable book that was a decently quick read. I do plan to continue with the series. Hopefully, it gets better for me. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of supernatural books.
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 a 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.
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