Rating – 4 stars
THANK YOU TO NETGALLEY AND BOOKSGOSOCIAL FOR THE ADVANCED COPY TO READ AND REVIEW.
I want to start by saying I absolutely loved the cosy feel that this book had to it, it made me want to curl up in front of the fire with a cup of tea and just enjoy the mystery surrounding the story. It was just a really nice, easy read that made me feel like I was being wrapped in a warm blanket.
Character wise, I did start to struggle at the start with keeping track of who was who, it felt as if everyone merged into one, but the deeper we got into the story it became much easier to keep track. Mostly because every character brought something new to the story, they all added value in their own way and had their own well developed personalities.
The writing was also good, but that’s all it was… good. There were points that it felt basic, and as if things were being spelt out to us which really disappointed me as I was expecting more. On the same note, I think because there were things included in the book unnecessarily it became a slog to read at points and that’s when my frustration with some of the writing would begin to emerge.
However, the book completely redeemed itself with the plot. While the book had a cosy small town mystery feel to it, it certainly did NOT skimp on the drama or quality of the story!
The whole thing from start to end kept me on my toes and questioning everyone and everything. I loved how it was set in just a small town but still managed to seem like such a big story. We were led all over the place with the plot, red herrings thrown everywhere to make use really think about everything we were reading. It was so cleverly done.
I also have a real soft spot for the ending, it rounded the story off in somewhat of a happy way which is always a winner with me!
On the whole, I loved the cosy feel of The Evening’s Amethyst, I feel it lent itself well to the plot and the characters, I just wish the writing was a little better and didn’t feel basic at points.
Thanks again to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial who were kind enough to provide me with an e-arc of this book to read and review.