When I first started reading this story, I'll be honest I didnt even know what the word Cryptid meant. But I have always been very interested in the myths and legends of the Nessie, the Loch Ness creature. The mystery of that always makes for a fantastic story, which intrigued me to begin with in this book. Abbie Goyette nailed it! Her story of this illusive creature, from the Prologue all the way to the last chapter, EVEN the author's commentary....was absolutely fascinating!!
I really have to have my full attention and interest be grabbed and pulled in, within the first few pages or chapters, for me to actually get into a book and finish reading it! Before Im bored and usually scan the chapters, skipping to the last two chapters or pages out of impatience to get to the point of the plot. Which makes for frustration when trying to find an author that delivers and I will stick with. Along with being a writer of sorts myself, I tend to be very selective (picky) about what I read. Articulation, simplicity yet structured written form to make the story become visual in ones imagination or mind is what I experienced reading this book. Sensory visualization and actually getting so engrossed in a story that you can actually feel through the character, on many levels. The fear, panic, the sense of touch and sight and thoughts that each main character experiences within the story, is in my opinion, the best...most talented way of writing!! Abbie Goyette does this, extraordinarily so!! I could feel the moist salted mists of the Scottish seaside shores against my cheeks...and the slight sting of the salted thick air I could feel as I breathed deeply (catching myself actually taking a deep breath as I would read the descriptive scenes). THIS, is TRUE WRITING TALENT! To relate to characters in the book and live through the plot and scenes of the twisting tale as a reader, is AMAZING!
I was absolutely amazed to find such talent in such a young writer, the kind of talent that very experienced and best selling authors are capable of. SUch as Clive Cussler. I really feel like Im reading a written work of the young, not yet known, but extremely talented storyteller and author, Cussler!! Everyone had a beginning, very very few of us writers, have a natural God given talent at writing however. Even with University training and many attempts, few of us really can start out our career with such talent as this writer has. Im being very honest in saying, Im almost envious of such talent when I come across it, like I have with this writer!! I wish she could teach me how she describes such scenes and characters in simplistic detail yet articulated so well I feel like Im reading the work of an author that is on the level of Cussler! Best seller, for a reason!!! One day, her name is going to be on the best seller list! And it wont be because of the lack of Amazons promotional advertising, or lack of connections and big names to promote her either. I WISH I had just a smidgen of this young lady's talent!! I cannot WAIT to read her next tale in the series, I am not a very patient person but I WILL wait.
If you are skeptical, just read a portion of the prologue....then you will understand exactly why I took the time to write this review!! ~M. Plesa