Honestly, I got the vibe from the blurb and other reviewers that this would be a fantasy/thriller. And it is fantasy, somewhat, though really light on it. I would label it a mystery/romance because it’s heavy on the “will they won’t they” arc.
I received this in the mail 6 days before release day, and as this review is a few days late, you can tell it took me longer to finish than typical books. The first half of the book just felt like a slog. I think that’s more to my expectations that this would be a thriller, and it just wasn’t fast paced. I appreciated the unique spin that Beaty put into the world through Catrin. It would have been nice to explore more of her abilities.
The characters are nicely fleshed out, and the author keeps you guessing for most of the book. While I figured some things out early, it didn’t deter my enjoyment of the book. This would be nice as a book one to the start of a series because I feel like readers aren’t quite done with this cast of characters. Things are left in such an odd place that there is definitely more in store for these characters.
About the Book
Rising above the city of Collis is the holy Sanctum. And watching over its spires is Catrin, an orphan girl with unique skills—for she alone can spot the building’s flaws in construction before they turn deadly.
But when Catrin witnesses a murderer escaping the scene of his crime, she’s pulled into a dangerous chain of events where the only certainty is that the killer will strike again. Assigned to investigate is the mysterious and brilliant Simon, whose insights into the mind of a predator are frighteningly accurate.
As the grisly crimes continue, Catrin finds herself caught between killer and detective while hiding her own secret—a supernatural sight granted by the moon, destined to make her an outcast, and the only thing that might save her and those she loves from becoming the next victims…