BOOK REVIEW: The Gift by Nikki Landis
There were moments in ‘The Gift’ that just swept me up. Similarly, there were moments of implausibility that ripped me out of the story.
I found the concept of ‘The Gift’ fascinating. A woman who sees and interacts with souls and has always understood how the world operates. It’s not an entirely brand new idea. A woman who interacts with ghosts. I started reading this book with the likes of Charley Davidson (Darynda Jones) and Grave Sight (Charlaine Harris) in mind.
Gemma is a clairvoyant but her life is as consistent and normal as someone like her could ever have. When Gemma becomes involved in the case of a young girl’s disappearance, she is plunged into the path of a series of gruesome murders and thrust at the forefront of a desperate search for a serial killer. Will Gemma be able to help her lost soul and defeat an evil so unimaginable that her very life is on the line?
I loved the story. The chase for the killer was wonderfully built and the clues were expertly dropped. Gemma’s drive to find Katie’s body and bring her family peace was refreshing and emotionally written. I only wish Gemma had made her presence more powerfully felt.
Generally, this book felt rushed, which worked in its favour towards the end, heightening the reader’s fear for Gemma.
My major issue with this book was the protagonist, unfortunately. Landis sets Gemma up as a calm and independent woman in the very first chapter. I found that calm infuriating and hoped that Landis planned to break it. Gemma fell but unfortunately, she was handed a new crutch. And then another new crutch.
I was expecting an independent woman with a lifetime of baggage, wise beyond her years but severely flawed and actively working to make the world better. What we got was a woman full of contradictions. She’s a 29-year-old virgin, which suggests she’s been wary of men her entire life, yet she throws herself into the arms of not one but two men during the novel and starts professing her love for them within hours. One of which she suspected to be a killer and neither of which she really tried to resist.
Gemma is generally an interesting character. Her unusual innocence is infectious for some odd reason and you can’t help but root for her. Her overly trusting nature makes you fear for her safety. I was prepared for and expecting her abduction every single time I turned a page.
This book is a good romance and a nice easy read. Despite the character flaws, I look forward to reading the next instalment and seeing how the events and people in this book have influenced Gemma.
The Gift, by Nikki Landis
Series: Transitions #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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