This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce
Police officer Remy Boudreux is called to the scene of a murder. The scene is gruesome and ritualistic and alarmingly familiar. Remy has been present at several murder scenes conducted in this exact manner and, although they occurred several years ago, Remy is convinced he is dealing with the same serial killer.
As well as the grisly murder to deal with, Remy is troubled by his private life too. Years ago, Remy was horrified to discover the neglect of local girl Bijou Breaux, the daughter of a multi-millionaire rock star. And now Bijou is back, but she isn’t the vulnerable eight-year-old Remy remembers. She is beautiful and alluring and Remy fights against his attraction to her.
Leopard’s Prey isn’t your average crime novel as Remy is a shape shifter, with the leopard within him always close to the surface. To begin with, I found the whole leopard thing a little confusing as it was mentioned a lot, but wasn’t really explained properly for quite a while. Because of this, I found it difficult to engage with Remy’s character. I did quite enjoy the relationship between Remy and his younger sister, Saria. Saria was a bit wild as a child and now, as an adult, she is still very much her own person who does whatever she wants to do without ever really thinking about the consequences. Remy is often exasperated by her actions, but it’s clear he cares about his family. It’s also clear Remy cares about Bijou too and still feels responsible that there wasn’t more he could do to help her when she was a child. He still sees Bijou as the helpless child she once was, which is why he struggles with his growing attraction to her.Leopard’s Prey is a mix of crime, fantasy and romance and while it has its good points, it didn’t really draw me into the story as much as I would have liked.
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