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Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
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Apr 10, 2011

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bookshelves: read-2011
Recommended to Jennifer by: Priest's later books
Recommended for: fans of Southern Gothic mysteries
Read from April 08 to 12, 2011

After reading Priest's steam punk series, I decided to investigate her earlier novels. Though this novel had all the elements you'd expect --a protagonist who sees ghosts, a family curse, and lots of swampy atmosphere, this story didn't grab me as much as I'd hoped. It was fine--just not great. This was one novel I actually thought might work better in third person; sometimes the thoughts of Eden Moore, the main character, distracted from the story at hand--particularly when an identity mix-up leads to an unneeded death. Priest's narrative hand feels much more sure in her later work. I'm willing to read the other books in the series--to see what she does with the characters--but this might be a case of a writer really learning from the experience of writing.

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