Someone is trying to kill you.
When Selkie Moon flees Sydney to start over in Hawaii, it's to live life on her own terms. But life has other plans.
Though she tries to dismiss the warning as just another nightmare, it soon becomes apparent that someone, or something, is stalking her. Attacked by frightening visions and mysterious compulsions, she must piece together the fragmented clues before time runs out.
©2015 Virginia King (P)2016 Virginia King
I do think it is a book that will appeal to some and they will love it or others may read and just not 'get it' .. I'm glad I did.
The whole fear of the ocean and history of the seals was intriguing .. it really is a book with a difference and simply charming. A journey of discovery, it paints a lovely picture of Hawaii and has left me wanting to read the next in the series.
I was absorbed all the way and particularly like the elements of Selkie seeking her darkside/dead mother. It was quite eerie in places, she hears voices, music and 'sees' a lady - but she has some wonderfully supportive friends.
There is so much tension, Selkie escapes from an abusive relationship and relocates in Hawaii .. there is a lot of folklore, some colourful characters and plenty of adventure.
Yes, it does have a paranormal twist but ultimately I would say it is a mystery/thriller with a hauntingly quaint backdrop.
I came across this book when I was actually doing a different guest post with the lovely author on my blog. I was attracted by the cover, fell in love with the name Selkie Moon but subconsciously I think the 'paranormal' genre part prevented me jumping straight in. I started it, got a little way then stopped due to a tight schedule on other books then went back to it .... well after a few chapters I was then reeled in!
I purchased and listened to this on audiobook and the narration was compelling with an Australian accent which highlighted the experience.
A completely engaging read that I devoured in two days.
The First Lie is described as a paranormal mystery, but it is so much more. It's a journey of self-discovery entwining folklore with friendships, spirituality with suspense, art with abusive relationships, deceit with denial and romance with ran-out-of-alliterations. It's funny and spooky and kept my turning the pages.
I liked Selkie. She was quirky (though she would have hated me calling her that) and surrounded by a cast of interesting characters.
I listened to the audiobook, which I received free in exchange for an honest review. The narrator was fantastic and well suited to the book. She spoke clearly with an international accent that was easy to listen to. She brought each of the characters to life with authentic accents from around the world. I found her pace perfect and didn't need to speed up the audio.
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