Double Hue by Briana Lawrence
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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When Gable’s boyfriend Avery goes missing, it sparks a chain of events that lead to Detective Maurice Ashford showing up at his door to tell him that Avery has been murdered. But Gable has a power granted to him by a box of mysterious crayons: he can turn back the clock and relive the worst days of his life all over again. Determined to find the killer and stop him before he can end Avery’s life, Gable turns the clock back over and over again. Can he stop the Double H Killer or is Avery’s fate already set in stone?
The first thing that struck me about this novel is that it is written in present tense. This may deter some people, but I actually thought it fit this particular story well. It conveyed the urgency of Gable’s situation as he continually relived the events of the worst few days of his life and tried to stop the inevitable from happening.
I found Double Hue to be quite the page-turner with an excellent villain. The “Horrific Homophobe” could have easily been a stereotypical caricature of a villain but instead he’s sick and twisted in all the right ways as he evades capture and plays mind games with Gable. I loved to hate him, even as I pitied him just a little bit. Then I remembered he was a killer and deserved no such compassion. Lawrence pulled off playing with my emotions and obscuring things that might have been obvious with skill, pulling all the right strings to keep my interest.
Many novels which jump in time aren’t always easy to follow, but I had no such problems with Double Hue. It was so well written that I had no trouble comprehending Gable’s jumps back to the start. I felt his growing emotional fatigue and hopelessness as he had to face living the worst week of his life once more.
Double Hue had a very satisfying ending. It’s often hard to see how books like this end happily when you’re in the middle of them, but this one ended with a solid HEA that put a smile on my face. Don’t be afraid to pick this one up because of its dark themes; it’s not a tragedy.
There were a couple of typos, including the snort-inducing “Horrific Homophone” at one point. But I have a very picky eye for these things and a couple of mistyped words does not ruin the book at all.
I recommend this book to you if you’re looking for a little more excitement from your reads and prefer more plot to your novels than romance. There’s definitely love here and even a sex scene or two, but the thriller element is strongest. I was happy to read something with more plot instead of picking up a book to find it’s mostly porn, but your tastes may differ.
I received a free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.