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Essie Harmon‘s review
This was the first book I’ve read by this author Lyn Thomas, but I certainly hope it’s not the last! She has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many rookie authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a new niche of literary drama that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). It was very well-edited (I notice these things!) And I personally would have preferred more dialogue spaced throughout the narrative as it got quite dense at times. But I loved how it all wrapped up and overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and delivered an emotional win.
From the opening pages of “Preying Mantis” by Lyn Thomas I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Ms. Thomas writes so beautifully… almost lyrical, poetic prose that sucks us right in. She sets of the scene and characterizations in a skillful way that not only engages the senses but creates great visualizations and elicits emotional investments. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked at certain things (no spoilers). Len is great… love the cultural influence and the fact that the MC is older. An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique setting makes this a memorable read for me. Highly recommend for fans of compelling literary fiction.
“Preying Mantis” by Lyn Thomas is one of the most original and well-crafted romance/suspense novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and loved the way Lyn Thomas writes with enough vivid descriptions and details to fully develop the scenes and the storyline, but not so much where it slows down the pace at all. Interesting, fully-fleshed out characters and unpredictable twists… enjoyed being on the journey with Lennox and was happy with how it all wrapped up.