Review: Melissa Foster – Traces of Kara

Melissa Foster - Traces of KaraFor about three quarters of this book, I really wasn’t feeling it at all. I hate giving up on books before the end because even if a book is terrible, I need to know how it all ends. Plus, sometimes a book can start off pretty shaky and turn into something amazing. And whereas I wouldn’t say this turned into something amazing, it did grow on me slightly by the end.

I think the main reason I didn’t like it was because it was creepy. It’s not a reflection on the quality of the book or the author’s ability, it’s just that the subject creeped me about a bit too much to enjoy it. It revolves around a deranged man called Roland, determined to be reunited with the twin sister he was separated from as a child. The twin sister who no longer knows he exists, and who is just trying to save up as much money as she can to move out of her small town away from her overbearing mother. There are no limits to the lengths that Roland will go to in order to be with his sister, and he has decided that the best way to be with her forever is for them to both die together on their birthday.

As more and more people get dragged into the story, Roland starts to become desperate, and you can probably tell what happens then. It was at around this point that I started to enjoy the book a bit more. Partly because we focus less on Roland’s mentally deranged mind and more on the rescue attempts and the other characters, and partly because the pace of the book seemed to pick up a bit too.

So as I said earlier, it’s not a reflection on the book or the author, but I think I can only give this book a 2/5, just because the subject matter wasn’t my cup of tea.

2/5