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4.0 out of 5 starsHope there's another in the works!
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2020
I am always amazed at the ideas ND imagination of writers. The characters and plot were compelling. I also liked how the city itself became more of a character than a location
Book 2 does not disappoint! Really enjoy this series. Gilda is a complicated protagonist who I can empathize with, be angry with and most of all root for. The plot line in this book was a rewarding next exploration.
Tiny mysteries are the specialty of Gilda Carr such as lost gloves, the forgotten name of a special song, or a kind of shade of blue from a memory. In this case, it all starts with the small finger of a dead saint and while trying to find it Gilda stumbles upon the secrets of a religious family and her mother that should have been dead years ago. Now, Gilda has to figure out why the dead are coming back and why there is a secret mob organization trying to take over the Westside by using the religious scheme.
Love the world of the Westside series and the new magical side of New York. Now I wonder if other cities in the United States of this world have slipt and have magical unpredictable sides.
It was great to see Gilda back. I liked her character in the first installment of the Westside series. While in the first book she is just trying to get by, in this new story, Gilda is trying to survive a harsh winter and the guilt of the people that die and she killed in the previous book. It was nice to see a new side of her and character growth.
The Westside is a strange and magical place and it seems that it doesn’t leave the dead alone to which Gilda keeps being haunted by those she loved and lost. I liked that we got to meet Mary and Virgil, the parents of Gilda, even if they are different from those she knew before.
I liked this book; it was a good mystery book because I wasn’t able to predict the end outcome or who was pulling the strings in the shadows.
Given how the first book ended, I didn’t think there was going to be a sequel. In this new book, the story brought back previous characters and set new ones for future stories, just like loose ends that Gilda may need to clear in the future.
If you are a fan of W.M. Akers and other work, then I recommend you Westside Saints. Gilda Carr is back with a new mystery to solve, but not all tiny mysteries are tiny, some are actually the tip of the iceberg and much bigger things lurking in the dark.
I think I liked this book even more than I did the first in the series! Gilda Carr is back to solve more “tiny mysteries” but as the book cover says “tiny mysteries never stay tiny” and that is never true than with this case.
The book is an instantly engrossing, clever, thriller/mystery that I couldn’t stop reading. Gilda herself is a interesting character with a complicated relationship with both parents. She lost her mother young and idealizes her, her father was a troublesome character but she still has retained a certain fondness for him. Along with all of this is her deep love for The Westside, and she finds herself invested in the people there and hopes to help them survive the terrors of the place. Gilda is also a very pained person. Isolated, introverted, difficult to be around, she is also a very principled person but her inner turmoil and insecurities really come to the forefront in this book. I feel like you really get to know her while reading.
When her long-dead mother shows up in her house what evolves is a strange, jazz age Back to the Future type story. Our parents are never who we think they are. They are infinitely more nuanced, and their personalities are not really seen during our childhood when what we are really seeing is our own needs and selves reflected in them. Solving the mystery in front of her is Gilda’s focus, but it is her relationship with her mother that will really motivate her actions.
Like I said, I really loved this second book in the series. I have no idea if there will be more books to come, but I certainly hope so. I’m going to keep Mr. Aker’s name in my search bar at Netgalley just in case.
Song for this book: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out – Bessie Smith
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley
3.0 out of 5 starscrazy religious nuts time travel tale
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2020
In an alternate 1922, Manhattan has been divided into eastside where technology still works, and westside which is falling into ruin. There’s a fence between them. Gilda Carr, when she isn’t getting drunk, spends her time in small mysteries. This time the religious family of Westside Saints (hard from Harper Voyager) has lost a relic, the preserved little finger of a saint. Then that family’s old father, and preacher, who had been dead for thirty years, and Gilda’s mother, who had died when she was nine, appear. The family has a ceremony to bring back more dead, but the preacher and Gilda’s mother have not been brought back from the dead. The truth is even more fantastic. This is the second of a neat series that I only read this one.Review printed by Philadelphia Free Press