November 9, 2013

Review: Dark Remnants (Street Games #1)

Dark Remnants by L.K. Hill
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: September 3, 2013
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Book Description:

In the most dangerous city in the country, one controlled by a sadistic gang called the Sons of Ares, Kyra Roberts is searching the deep places for someone…

Kyra has come to Abstreuse city to find someone she’s lost, but walking the underbelly—a dark alley system residents call the Slip Mire—even in disguise, is rife with dangers. Kyra must stay on her toes if she intends to live. After crossing paths several times with the same detective, she wonders if his work and hers might be connected.

Gabe Nichols has worked homicide in Abstreuse for three years. Dead prostitutes and gang violence are part of the night shift. When a woman who looks like a street junkie but acts like an intellectual saves his life, he’s intrigued. Another woman shows up at his crime scene, and Gabe’s instincts kick into high gear when she clams up. Two cases involving strange women who won’t tell what they know are too coincidental.

If Gabe and Kyra can’t find a way to collaborate, they may not live to see the sunrise. Doomed, like so many others, to become gray, unmarked graves in a forgotten fracture of the Slip Mire.

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"Dark Remnants" is a detective story by L.K. Hill that is split between the points of views of Kyra Roberts and Detective Gabe Nichols. Kyra appears to be searching for someone in the seedy part of their city, and her and Detective Nichols' paths end up crossing on more than one occasion.

I'm not going to lie; this book was a little hard for me to get into at first. While most detective stories start with the introduction of the case that is going to be the focus of the book, that wasn't the premise for "Dark Remnants".

Instead, the reader is just thrown into Kyra's world while she's investigating dark alleys full of drug dealers, prostitutes, and gang members. However, the reader doesn't know why this is happening. At least not at first.

In fact, it isn't until Chapter 10 that the reader finally figures out who Kyra is exactly searching for, which then gives the reader more insight to Kyra's character and what her motives are for putting herself in so much danger on a daily basis. Until this point, the mystery of this detective novel was unclear, and kept me turning the pages to figure out why everythingwas happening.

Hill wrote her characters in a way that I constantly wanted to know more about them. Her writing style is one that slowly reveals character traits and ticks, instead of bombarding the reader with the protagonist's whole life story in the first chapter. Doing things this way kept me on my toes as a reader, and I was always happy to discover a new detail about Kyra’s or Gabe's lives and their pasts.

Something that Hill did not leave up to the imagination was her scene setting. She did a fabulous job of describing everything from Kyra's hotel room to the back alleys of the Slip Mire, making everything else that happened in these settings easy for the reader to see in his or her mind.

Another thing about this book that I loved was Kyra and Gabe's interactions. It was always a treat when those two were in a scene together, because I knew I would soon be able to see each one's point of view on the encounter, which gave the story extra depth.

There was definitely something brewing between the two of them, even from the beginning, and it was almost painful to watch Gabe being stumped by the big secret Kyra was keeping from him. Whenever I thought she was about to tell the truth, I was on the edge of my seat, rooting for it to go well.

I am intrigued to see what happens next in this soon-to-be series. Not only am I looking forward to see the next meetings between Gabe and Kyra now that he knows (at least part) of her secrets, but there are still problems to be solved. This book opened up at least four mysteries that any normal detective book would only have one of, and now I need the answers.

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 Author Bio:

Her scifi, fantasy and dystopian are written under Liesel K. Hill and her crime drama and historical fiction are written under L.K. Hill. She lives in northern Utah and comes from a large, tight-knit family. Loves to bake, read, and watch plenty of T.V. And plans to keep writing until they nail her coffin shut. Or the Second Coming happens. You know, whichever happens first. ;D

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