About the Book
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Release Date: March 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads…
Introducing Blackie, an unusual feline hero, and his companion Care in the first of this dark new mystery series."
Three figures, shadowy against the light. That s all I remember from my past life, as I am dragged, dripping and half-drowned, from the flood. My saviour, a strange, pink-haired girl, is little help. She can barely care for herself, let alone the boy she loves. And although she has sworn to avenge the murder of her mentor, she must first escape the clutches of drug dealers, murderers and thieves. I would repay her kindness if I could. But we are alone in this blighted city and I am a cat.
The past is an enigma to Blackie, the voice of Clea Simon s dark new mystery. Combining elements of feline fantasy and cozy whodunit, The Ninth Life introduces this unusual hero and his companion, Care: two small creatures in a nightmarish urban landscape, fighting for their lives, and for the lives and memories of those they love.
This book is very different from what I usually read. I tend to go for more of the cozy, light mysteries. The Ninth Life is dark and intense with complex characters. Clea Simon does an excellent job of painting a vivid picture of a sinister world.
It’s a unique plot told from the point of view of a cat named Blackie. Readers will cringe as Blackie faces situations that a human would have difficulty surviving, but Blackie faces them head on. A young woman named Care saves his life and he has now dedicated himself to protecting her. The author does an amazing job of showing the reader how much Blackie truly loves Care and his frustration with not being able to communicate with her. Although the story is told from the feline point of view, Blackie does not talk to humans and has no magical powers.
This book might not be for everyone as there is violence and animal cruelty involved. I did have some problems with that myself, but Clea does a great job in writing a story that’s very different from her cozy mystery series.
I’m looking forward to reading more adventures of Blackie and Care.
For reading challenges:
2016 What An Animal Reading Challenge
2016 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge
2016 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge
FTC Disclosure: The publisher and NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Clea Simon is the author of 19 cozies in the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, and Pru Marlowe pet noir series. The latter two are ongoing and include her most recent books, Code Grey (Severn House) and When Bunnies Go Bad (Poisoned Pen Press). The Ninth Life, the first book in her Blackie & Care mysteries, a darker series, will be published by Severn House on March 1. A former journalist and nonfiction author, she lives in Somerville, Mass., with her husband, the writer Jon Garelick, and their cat Musetta. She can be reached at http://www.cleasimon.com
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