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on Nov. 15, 2011 :
Dead Locked is a fun and unique story, combining a long ago romance and lost pirate treasure with modern day romance, murder, and mystery. Amy Saunders does a fantastic job of allowing the characters' personalities to slowly unfold. Rather than being bombarded with information at the start, we are allowed to get to know each character as a friend. She sprinkles the plot's details like bread crumbs on a trail, giving us enough to keep us close while not quite allowing us to catch up.
The book's chapters are broken into various times before and after a specific murder. For me, this was the only drawback. The back and forth shifts left me a little disoriented at times, making it harder for me to stay in the moment with the story. This could easily be more a reflection of my own reading preferences than anything to do with the writing style.
** I read Amy Saunder's short story Bast & Immie first, which introduces the two main characters and allows us to get to know them before the events of this novel. It's not necessary to read the story but it is such a fun read that I highly recommend you do! **
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 21, 2010 :
I just purchased this book yesterday. I'm a slow reader and I usually like to take my time and absorb all details of a story. Well, I absorbed the details of "Dead Locked" as if drinking them from a large chalice.
I simply could not stop reading! Amy Saunders seamlessly weaves changes in time and season into her story in a way that makes one feel like they are right there in the action - whenever that is.
I have only two things to say to those teetering on the edge and considering purchasing this book. Buy it now, and remember the name: Amy Saunders. Chances are, the next book she publishes will have a waiting list to purchase!
(reviewed the day of purchase)