Review: Reflections

  • Title:
    • Reflections
  • Author:
    • Briana Morgan
  • Release:
    • May 9, 2018
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Kamala Alcantara

This is easily one of the most creative murder mysteries I’ve listened to. Adding in the shapeshifter tribe and their dynamic added a lot of interesting backstory to the book. There were a few glaring issues that annoyed the hell out of me the entire time.

The first was how little of the story takes place outside of the shapeshifter tribe. It just made it blatantly obvious one of them was behind it or knew something. I didn’t read the summary until after I read the book, but the summary is misleading as well. It implies the entire tribe knows something about the killings, which isn’t true. That’s one of the reasons I don’t read book summaries. They’re often full of spoilers or misleading.

The second thing that irritated the holy hell out of me was how the protagonist stumbles across a murder scene, notices a key detail, and then proceeds to NEVER bring it up. Long after it was relevant and pieces should have clicked together. I kept waiting for the interaction where she’d bring this detail up and I think it was mentioned maybe one other time in the story, in passing as internal dialogue.

The final big issue was how janky the dialogue was. There were times when I found it difficult to tell who was saying what or what they were saying at all. It started to make me wonder if the story was written by multiple people, one of them, not a native English speaker. Maybe if it had only been partially proofread and edited, or some other factor.

It’s a fun story, but you really have to look past a lot of jank to enjoy it. At one point, the leader of the tribe of shifters mentioned not wanting to name somebody as his predecessor. That’s not how that works! Ugh.

Much like the story itself the narrator was annoying at times as well. She kept mispronouncing mine as mind. She wasn’t even consistent about it, which made it even more annoying to me. She said mine and mind both in the same bit of dialogue which is distracting and annoying. The audiobook itself was full of instances of repeated dialogue clips.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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