An American college student uncovers a gruesome mystery and a hidden world of magic while studying in Ireland in this debut novel.
For Morgan Patterson, attending the University of Ulster in Coleraine is the opportunity of a lifetime. Her host family, the O’Donnells, provides a supportive and stable home, and she enjoys learning about an area her grandmother frequently visited. While searching for mollusks, she meets Sgt. Tiernan Doherty. Their attraction is instantaneous, but Tiernan has a dark past and obligations. His routine duties take an ominous turn when he finds a bag containing two dismembered feet. Morgan was in the area and saw a distinctive car shortly before the discovery. Although the investigation stalls because the authorities are unable to identify the victim, Tiernan believes the murder was intended to send a message to him. Morgan and Tiernan fall in love, but two women from his past threaten to complicate their future. Em and Withypol want something from him, and they will stop at nothing to ensure Tiernan pays his debts. When Morgan discovers that Tiernan is actually a faerie, she enters a world of magic and intrigue and crosses paths with a dangerous enemy. Perkins’ genre-bending series opener is an arresting mix of murder mystery and paranormal romance with well-developed characters and a narrative that takes many twists and turns. Morgan is a resourceful heroine who generally regards stories of faeries and enchantment as nothing more than fantastical Irish folklore. Tiernan is a well-drawn character, loyal and passionate but unable to fall in love until he meets Morgan. The author also succeeds at creating dynamic supporting characters who could potentially serve as protagonists in future stories. The setting is an important element in the book, and Perkins paints a vivid portrait of life in a university town. The narrative is sprawling, with the focus often shifting between the murder mystery and the paranormal activities of the characters. The author, however, keeps the novel from seeming overstuffed by maintaining the focus on the protagonists and their relationship. This story may satisfy fans of Nora Roberts and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
An appealing paranormal suspense tale.