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.
Selkie. She's a strong female character who had the courage to pack up and leave her life and start somewhere new with no support. I really admire that.
She has fantastic tone, and a well-modulated, beautiful speaking voice. She switches between accents very well too. That is something I am really impressed by!
I have only recently discovered the Selkie Moon mystery series, and “The First Lie” did not disappoint me in the slightest. In fact it really surprised me because it went into areas I didn’t expect it to go into! Not only is there mystery but also quite a bit of Celtic and Hawaiian mythology mixed in as well.
Lately I have been reading books where I was not too fond of the female protagonist, but that is definitely not the case with Selkie. I relate to her and I find her very likable.
I think the story was well-written and fast paced. No slow or plodding parts to the story. There was enough description to give you a perfect amount of detail but not too much where you might feel you’re being bogged down with useless information.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries but are looking for something unique. I consider myself a fan and I will definitely continue following this series. :)
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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