I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by J.G. Faherty
Published by Samhain Publishing on May 5, 2015
Genres: Dark Fiction, Horror, Thriller
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She was born with the power to cure. Now she's developed the power to kill. Leah DeGarmo has the power to cure with just a touch. But with her gift comes a dark side: Whatever she takes in she has to pass on, or suffer it herself. Now a sadistic criminal has discovered what she can do and he'll stop at nothing to control her. He makes a mistake, though, when he kills the man she loves, triggering a rage inside her that releases a new power she didn't know she had: the ability to kill. Transformed into a demon of retribution, Leah resurrects her lover and embarks on a mission to destroy her enemies. The only question is, does she control her power or does it control her?
Leah DeGarmo is a veterinarian who possesses the ability to cure with a touch–provided she “passes the illness/injury on” to another. This novel was filled with non-stop action and plenty of graphic descriptions to keep my attention. I would classify this as more of a “thriller” than a “horror” novel, simply because the majority of the story centers around what happens when others discover DeGarmo’s talents, and wish to retain them for their own personal gain.
While the pace was relentless, I have to confess to feeling that it was a little redundant beginning at about the half-way point. The action/consequences remained much the same, only the people changed. I was fascinated with Leah and her “ability”, especially as she started to come to terms with it while it morphed in relation to the events that were being forced upon her. In that regard, I only wish we could have learned more about the origin of this “gift”, and how she came to have it in the first place. That was the one question that kept plaguing me throughout…
If you’re looking for fast-paced action, you’ll find plenty of that here. The ending was a little predictable, in my opinion, but others may disagree with that.