Lacrimosa by Mandi Jourdan (4.5 / 5 stars)

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Set in a futuristic version of New York, the novel does not dwell wholly on the science fiction aspect, it is also an enjoyable thriller in its own right. As the title, Lacrimosa (Latin for weeping) suggests, there is are elements of tragedy to the story that are central to the narrative.

The novel is well written with varying elements of character depth, although I did feel that one or two characters could have been fleshed out more. As previously mentioned, Lacrimosa is set in New York City a couple of centuries in the future, and the setting is well described and laid out; the story has the necessary elements to also be classed as a thriller given the plot twists, the moods and the events which occur. Also, I found the dialogue between characters to be rich and of a high writing standard. The narration and tone of the novel was also of a high standard but there were a couple of parts where I felt it needed a little bit more.

There were a couple aspects to the story that I felt could have been delved into in more depth or which I felt the writer could have been more descriptive about. For one, I think that the government security personnel (police and other) who feature in the book would have behaved differently regarding their tasks (operational behaviour / investigative behaviour). Also the gun-for-hire character could have used a different tone when she was featured in the novel. I do not think that these aspects justify dropping a full star though.

Overall, I give this novel a 4.5 / 5 stars, it is a great read and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. I Also intend to read more from this author.

Tone / Narrative: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Dialogue: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Plot and sub-plots: 4.5/5

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