This was a hard one to put down. In fact, I didn't get to bed until 1 am, after finally giving in to my husband's eye rolling. Then I was up at 7 am with my nose in the book by 5 after. I LOVED IT! What a spectacular job Tamara Siler Jones did. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
Threads of Malice is the continuing story of Dubric Byerly, the head of security at Castle Faldorran, who just happens to see dead people. Cursed since the murder of his wife, Dubric has spent the last forty or more years seeing the ghosts of people who have been murdered. These ghosts physically drain him, causing severe headaches and fatigue. And they hang on until he solves their murders. While this is the second book by Jones, it's a stand alone novel. I highly recommend you read Ghosts in the Snow first though, to get to know the world and characters.
This visit to Faldorran finds young men vanishing in the far reaches of the kingdom. A body has been found in the river and a young painter has vanished. Dubric, his squire Dien and two young pages Lars and Otlee set out to get to the bottom of the disappearances.
Fast paced, violent, disturbing, gripping and horrifying in the best possible way, Threads of Malice is a book you don't want to read alone at night. It only took about 2 pages to capture my interest and Tamara Siler Jones' excellent writing and story held it in a death grip until the final page.
The blend of forensics, suspense and fantasy is something I've never read before finding Jones and I think it's safe to say she is the master. I was wondering "who done it" until the very last pages and there were plenty of red herrings that I swallowed hook, line and sinker. There is nothing predictable about this book.
I highly recommend it to lovers of suspense and fantasy. It's only fair to warn you though, it's graphic and gory. There are scenes of rape, torture, pedophilia, murder and unbelievable brutality that are disturbing. It's good vs. evil in the most profound sense. In the end though, it's all well done, helps move the story forward and ratchets up the fear for characters you've come to know and love. She even manages to work a romance in. Incredible.
Bravo Tamara, I can't wait until the third book comes out.