Monday, September 11, 2017

The Longing and the Lack (#1 The Unliving) CM Spivey - Review Tour

The Longing and the Lack
C.M. Spivey
(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.


3 Stars 
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The description of this book appealed to me but, I felt that there was something missing. I now realise that there was a prequel which would explain some of the issues that I encountered.

Lucinda has been plagued by death omens, such as dead birds and the ghost of a woman amongst other things. She travels from the US to Ireland, the birthplace of her father in the hope of escaping these phenomenons.

She becomes good friend with Naomi, her room mate. Whilst in the pub, she has her first encounter with a suicidal bird. From then on, her experiences become more frequent and some of them are scary.

Damien is from one of the original family in this small town. He befriends Lucinda and she is attracted to him despite her friend's warning of being cautious. She becomes aware that her family has a long and dark history with his family. She has been kept in the dark about the facts and realising that a curse is at play, she starts researching the family history. Her aim is to find a solution to eradicate this curse.

She discovers whose death is impending and works with Damien to find the solution. It's a real puzzle. One which appears to be impossible to solve. She carries on regardless, and then she is betrayed. Will she persevere or give up and allow the curse to take its course?

The story has a good foundation but, lacking in background information on some of the characters. It builds up gradually and, becomes more interesting and mysterious. The twist here is unpredictable! I like the portrayal of the vindictive ghost and the fates. Once I got past the initial issues, I enjoyed the rest story.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio

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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