What could be illness – neurological or otherwise – may be something much deadlier in Rachel Vincent’s first young adult urban fantasy Soul Screamers novel, My Soul to Take.
Shadows blanket a girl who’s about to die. Kaylee Cavanaugh wants to warn her, but can’t. Withholding Kaylee’s growing grief-stricken shriek is more than she can handle alone, so having Nash Hudson calm her is some relief. Except that he knows too much about Kaylee: not just who she is, but also what she is. Together, they may be able to save potential victims of an unseen-to-the-human-eye serial killer, but there’s always an exchange rate. If one person is saved, someone else will still die…
I’d heard this was a good book, but didn’t expect it to make me cry. Too personal to share why here, but it just goes to show that the most powerful fiction is that which strongly resembles real life. However, once 100 pages had gone and the story became more paranormal, I was fine. I could distance myself from it, and should be able to read the following novels in the series tear-free.
The twists and turns are intriguing, and form an engrossing read. A truly outstanding novel, it’ll be a hard act to follow but one to watch, come My Soul to Save‘s release in January 2010.