review by Maryom
The sequel to Small Blue Thing, Perfectly Reflected continues the story of Alex, Callum and the amulet that links them. It's a bit difficult to discuss the plot without giving away the ending to Small Blue Thing so for once I'm just going to quote the synopsis as given by the publisher -
"Still recovering from her earlier brush with death, Alex’s source of strength and comfort is Callum, still locked in a sad half-life after drowning in the river Fleet that flows into the Thames. And she needs all the strength and comfort she can get: someone is out to make her life a misery, and someone is out to get hold of the extraordinary bracelet that enables her to communicate with Callum."
If Small Blue Thing was a paranormal romance, Perfectly Reflected is a paranormal thriller. Alex is being stalked, her windows smashed, her computer accounts hacked. As far as she knows there can be only one suspect, a person she knows to be determined to get the amulet. Just how far will this person go to get what they want and how much danger may Alex be in?
The pace is faster, there's far more tension, maybe it's even slightly darker - and I must say I enjoyed it more. Alex shows herself to be a pro-active, go get 'em heroine full of resourcefulness and courage, not one to sit at home and let others sort her problems. I was rather perversely pleased to see the return of slimy ex-boyfriend Rob, who believes himself to be God's gift to all women, although Callum, the love of Alex's life, seems to have lost centre stage spot to the bad guys due to the workings of the plot.
There's always a worry that the second of a series may not live up to the expectations created by the first - happily this is not the case here and the twists and turns will keep you hooked to the last page. The only down-side is the current wait for book 3 - DON"T read the taster chapter at the end!!
My review of Small Blue Thing
Maryom's review - 5 stars
Publisher - Nosy Crow
Genre - Teenage, Fantasy, Romance