I don’t want to spoil any of the mystery and suspense leading up to the reveal of who and what Margaret may be, so I’ll try and keep this review focused mainly on the quality of writing and the overall feel of the story. Though, the synopsis of the book does touch on her visions of the future, so that part I will discuss. To start with, as I already mentioned, I love the way Perry writes. Her language is clear and to the point, though she tends to refer to the character by proper name instead of using a pronoun a bit much, it doesn’t distract from the narrative.
Overall the story flows at a pace that seems reasonable, based on the journey that Margaret’s life begins to take after the death of her mother. When Margaret’s visions of the future return—they had been absent for a period after her mother’s death—Perry perfectly brings this into play. There is a time of denial, of believing the visions are something else—perhaps left over grief from her mother’s passing—and a period where she does not want to have them. I appreciate this style of imbuing a character with supernatural powers slowly and with some trepidation far more than when an author gives a character a power and they just go with it without question.
Even when Margaret begins to use the supernatural abilities these visions provide, there is some hesitancy and wonder. Yet, there is also an uncharacteristic and dramatic change in Margaret’s nature and personality after one encounter with her abilities that seems to rush the story along far too quickly. Bottom line, it takes the author roughly forty-percent of the book to express who Margaret is, and to finally reveal what she is, and then the rest of the book feels incredibly rushed.
Everything happens so fast and with very little story-telling that I was left wanting more from almost every situation Margaret finds herself in. The ending of the book definitely wrapped up far too quickly as well. There are also characters who seem to hold a place of importance who suddenly disappear from the writing, never to come up again.
Overall, I give high marks to the author for the quality and style of writing. I’ve read so many books from independent or self-published authors that are so filled with grammatical errors, or are just poorly written, that this was a blessing to read. The story is clever and somewhat unique, if not in the supernatural abilities the character has, then definitely in the manner of the ‘quest’ that Perry sends her character on. I was left wanting so much more from this author and from this story. It could have been twice as long or longer and it still would have been an enjoyable and delightful read.
My rating for The First is 4.5 stars!