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.
Title: The Longing and the Lack (The Unliving #1)
Author: C.M. Spivey
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
I enjoyed reading this book, but I didn't fall in love with it.
I felt the idea of being tormented by death omens—suicidal rooks, rabid dogs, screeching owls, and a ghostly woman in white with icy fingers—morbid, yet intriguing.
However, this book just didn't click with me. I think one of the reasons was that the dialog between Lucinda and Damien seemed unnecessarily and falsely grandiose. I doubt there is one college student that has ever said, "When I'm not being courted to distraction" in this century.
While Lucinda and Damien were pretty well fleshed out, the attraction to Sri bothered me because she was completely one-dimensional. Why should I care anything about Sri, and her attraction to Lucinda, if I know next to nothing about her? It bugged me—maybe more than it should have—because it seemed like it was placed there to force the plot in a certain direction in order to reveal a twist later in the story.
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