Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy
I have received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I have been in the mood lately to read fantasy, so this set quite nicely with my mood! Especially because it’s set in Switzerland and Germany, which makes it so much more appealing for me.
When Peppa wakes up, she’s naked on the top of a roof. She has an awful memory about a bloody attack and turning into a falcon – but surely that was a dream? When she becomes suspect of a terrible murder in a small Swiss village, Peppa must find courage and uncover secrets about her family and herself that ended into that gruesome murder.
Peppa is a smart, logical, outspoken girl. The story is set in 1957, just weeks before she turns 20 years old and can finally have access to the inheritance her father left her and go to University. After he died, she lived with her aunt and uncle, until one day she overheard a conversation where they agree not to let her pursue her dreams to become a scientist like her dad. Overcome with disappointment and fearing for her future, Peppa runs away and hides in this sleepy Swiss village, where she hopes to wait safely until she turns 20 – that is, until she becomes the main suspect of a murder.
I really enjoyed the scientific parts of the story, made this fantasy book read almost like science fiction, although at times it got detailed to the point of being pedant. Still, it was quite nice to read about a scientist protagonist! (I hate Chemistry, Physics has always been my thing, but I’ll let it pass). The beginning is a slow burn: we start with Peppa waking up on the roof, and then a bunch of flashbacks about how she got there. I didn’t like these time jumps, so I was going to give it 3 stars. But after the first 30-40% of the book, it gets much more action packed, the secrets start being spilled little by little and it gets VERY interesting a around the middle all the way to the end. I want to talk about it so much but I won’t spoil it!!
I wish some of the relationships in the book had been more developed, I sometimes had trouble empathizing with the main character’s feelings. This book does get gruesome from time to time, so if you’re sensitive to that, maybe skip it. I actually liked it very much!! (is it creepy?)
All in all, this was a very entertaining read, and quite fast despite its 400 pages. I loved the Swiss background and I will be reading the next books in the series for sure!