Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.
Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.
5 Words: Dark, dead, magic, life, love.
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I read this, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought I was in for something light and fluffy, something I wouldn't enjoy much but would pass the time. But instead what I read was dark and deep and thought provoking. It was fascinating. And I couldn't put it down.
I liked the character of Thea. And I loved Nan.
I was absolutely not expecting Zombies. That was one heck of a surprise.
I loved the exploration of love and relationships and the bonds that tie people.
One thing that could have improved this story a lot would have been world building. I wasn't sure what to picture or how to picture it. I ended up with a post-WW2 UK/USA mess in my head. I also would have liked less banter between Thea and Freddy. It just didn't seem to fit so well with the rest of the characterisation.