Before reading this book I was tentative. C.J. Archer's work had popped up on my recommendations time and time again, but I read reviews that made me wary of her other two series. Not that they were bad works, only that I might not enjoy them. This series however really intrigued me, so I finally bit the bullet and bought the book.
The best thing about this book are the characters. India Steele was a great character to follow around, and I loved Mr. Glass's cousin Willie as well and his Aunt. I even enjoyed Glass himself many a times. The idea behind the story was very intriguing as well. The actual writing style was good too.
What was off for me and why I ranked it so low was how oddly contrived it felt at time. It was almost like Archer had these beats that she was forcing herself to meet, as if she wrote those bits or planned out certain bits first and then forced certain parts of the story around it. There were scenes that felt jarring, some "foreshadowing" that confused me, and the romance made a huge jump from "no sexual tension at all" to "yes take me now" where naturally it felt like the main character would slap Glass or feel creeped out instead. I felt creeped out at least reading it.
It was odd, because if you took the scene out of context, it was very well written, but just the point it was placed in the story, with no proper build up towards it, it just felt weird. It's almost like maybe the book wasn't edited enough, strongly enough, or advise wasn't heeded.
So I found myself torn at how I feel about this first book, yet oddly I'm still planning to read the next one. It might just be that Archer is not the most skilled at initialing character and plots, but very good at continuing them and drawing them out. And yes, the synopsis for the next book as well intrigues me as much as this one has.