10 Jan / First review for Skeletal
After long months of thinking, writing, re-thinking, re-writing, editing, proofing and formatting, my book is finally ready (apart from the final paperback proofs – would be nice if you could drop those off soon DHL) and has been submitted out to a few sites for editorial reviews.
I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the promptest reviews goes to (drum roll please)…
K.C.Finn for Readers’ Favorite (oh it hurts my little NZ heart to spell that all American-like. What does your nation have against the letter U?)
And now, in lieu of me doing any real work, I’m instead going to reproduce the first official review of my not-long awaited second novel Skeletal (due out on 25th January 2015)
Review Rating: 5 stars!
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
Skeletal is a paranormal crime drama by Katherine Hayton, narrated by the long-dead Daina Harrow, whose death is being investigated after her body was discovered in the foundations of a building some ten years later. The narrative shifts between the coroner’s hearing in the modern day and the months leading up to Daina’s death back in 2004 when she was a high school student. A host of unpleasant ordeals twist and turn as they lead readers towards the end of her life. Daina guides readers through the varied cast of characters who made her final months of life a living hell, through bullying, sexual predators and a childhood secret that Daina is just unlucky enough to rediscover.
I’m not usually a fan of contemporary crime drama, but the thing that inspired me to genuinely enjoy Skeletal was Katherine Hayton’s witty narrator in the form of the dead Daina. Where I would usually have found topics such as bullying and assault difficult to read, the dry humour with which Daina looks back on her past seems to alleviate a lot of that hardship, making Skeletal a blackly comedic read. There are many dark moments in the plot too, but Daina’s post-mortem urge to see justice done really rubs off on the reader, and her unrelenting descriptions of her former nearest and dearest are vivid and truly real. Skeletal is an intriguing read that doesn’t play out in the way readers would expect, with an engaging style of storytelling and a conclusion that leaves you reeling in wonder. Bravo.