Name: After the Music
Author: Christine Feehan
Published: October 30, 2001 by Pocket Books
Purchased: May 5, 2012 in The Wicked and the Wondrous, $3.99 on Kindle.
Before I get to my review, I’m just going to say something about that link beside the title. For some reason, the Amazon book link isn’t sticking when I try to attach it to the title so, I’m setting it right beside it. Now then, on with my review.
Blurb: Terrified by mysterious threats, Jessica Fitzpatrick spirits away her twin wards, Tara and Trevor, to the remote island mansion of their estranged father, world-famous musician Dillon Wentworth. Ever since the fire that claimed his troubled wife’s life and left him horribly disfigured, Dillon has shut out the world. With Christmas approaching, the spark between him and Jessica might light the future, but there are those who shared Dillon’s wife’s love of the occult…and their evil machinations threaten everything.
Review: I love this book and kind of wish that it had been longer but I’m also fine with how long it is. This Christmas novella always sends a shiver down my spine. The mystery here just reminds me of an episode of Case Closed, one that really gave me the creeps and while the story isn’t nearly as gory as that episode, I feel like reading this novella on a dark, stormy night will have the readers jumping at every sound and making sure all the lights are on.
Now, I haven’t read this book in a long while but I feel like it’s one of those that you don’t think about after awhile but you don’t forget it either. When I first read this book, I had no idea of the person behind the threats and I was shocked at who it was.
I really love the fact that the author kept that little bit of the paranormal here when she could have just made it a realistic romantic mystery.
The writing just sucks you in and I connected with the characters almost right away, especially Dillon. I loved that he wasn’t just a doom and gloom alpha who didn’t know how to smile. I noticed that I spent the whole book just wanting to see him smile again.
The back story is intense and really adds to the mystery and it helps to see how much these characters have grown since their past and to see how much growth is in this little book is amazing.
Thank you for reading my review.