Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Researching and finding cures for illnesses is what Dr. Evan Kidd does best. When he’s asked to help determine what’s making the children of Felis Forest sick, he can’t say no. Evan accepts, and even understands, why Rene has to follow him around town. It’s not every day a human is allowed in the “cat people only” town. But being attracted to someone who doesn’t trust him, much less like him, brings back painful reminders of his past.
Rene has plenty of his own baggage and having to shadow a human—who happens to be a doctor—isn’t helping. Evan challenges all Rene’s preconceived notions about humans and about himself. If they can survive all the obstacles while uncovering the truth, they might just discover they aren’t so different after all.
Velvet Claw by L.J. Hamlin was a new supernatural thriller for me by a new author and I thought it had a lot going for it. First off was the premise, a human doctor brought in to find the cure for a mystery disease afflicting the children of a Felidae race. Combine that with a interspecies romance and mystery and I’m there.
However the execution and actual exposition stopped short of 4 stars. The world building for example, Hamlin give us a prologue in the human/ Felis history but it doesn’t explain why with all the strengths, superior might etc. it doesn’t turn out that the Felis come out on top instead of the humans. More was definitely needed there. Just didn’t make sense to go from God to the persecuted and hunted.
I liked the characters here, from Evan to Rene and several of the other people of the cast. However the author cant seem to decide if the story is told third person, first person or what point of view is to be used. I can see her wanting to have all the viewpoints out there but the flows just gets disrupted instead of being able to carry the story in a more even natural way.
Finally, when the mystery is solved, the motive is never revealed, a flaw here that bothers me. It may not bother others, but it certainly did me. It felt that the story lacked closure, especially since the author then threw in an entirely different mystery altogether that felt unnecessary.
So much promise here and that’s why I gave it 3 stars, not because of the actual execution.
Cover art is simplistic. Not a fan.
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Less Than Three Press, LLC