Review: Sorrow’ Edge by Danielle DeVor

sorrows-edgeReviewed by Ronelle

Jimmy Holiday, defrocked priest and newly unemployed graphic designer, is settling into what he hopes will be a more normal life. He’s looking for a job and preparing his house for Tabby, his witchy girlfriend, to move in. If you can ignore the ever-present spirit of Lucy, things are looking pretty normal.

That is, until Jimmy gets a phone call at 3 a.m. which poses more questions than it answers, though he is determined to write it off. When an old silver flask shows up from someplace in Tombstone, AZ, he begins to suspect that ignoring the situation might not be an option. That idea is confirmed when he comes downstairs one t morning and finds a mysterious iPad on his kitchen table, with video instructions from The Order and a credit card taped to the back.

So, it’s off to Tombstone, with Tabby, Lucy, and Isaac the Cat reluctantly in tow. The chaos is beginning. Again.

***

As I discovered the hard way, this book doesn’t really stand alone. There were so many references within the first chapter that I had to put Sorrow’s Edge aside and go read Sorrow’s Point first. I’m telling you now, you won’t understand Lucy unless you do and she is an ever-present figure in both novels. I’d also like to note that the first book in this series was much better than its sequel.

Despite reading both Book 1 and 2 in The Marker Chronicles, I still don’t understand or even enjoy Jimmy and Tabby’s ‘relationship’. They are supposedly dating, but they act more like squabbling siblings. Simple questions, requests, and even facial expressions tend to make one or the other upset, offended, and angry. Sorrow’s Edge could have been half the length if Ms. DeVor would have done away with Jimmy’s constant laments about how not smart he was (though I did tend to agree), how he was being an ass/prick/dick (I didn’t think he was), or how he deserved Tabby’s out-of-proportion-to-the-situation responses (I thought Tabby was just a bitch, honestly). It was beyond ridiculous and I found myself skimming through a lot of it after a few chapters.

Phrases such as “bad things happen with those things” or “the walls were painted in murals all over the walls” permeated Sorrow’s Edge. I feel like a good editor or critique partner would have helped polish these into something more eloquent. The characters also spent entirely too much time being pissed or confused, talking about being pissed or confused, and complaining about being confused. It was all tell and no show! The thread of Father O’Malley’s involvement was also left unaddressed, despite the occasional hint that it might be relevant. Overall, this read like a first or maybe second draft rather than a final manuscript and that is always disappointing.

This book needs an editor. Missing words, repetitive phrasing, etc… I’m done elaborating on that crap in my reviews, other than to say it will definitely continue to affect my ratings.
I know thus far I’ve spent a great deal of time critiquing, but Sorrow’s Edge really did have a great premise under all the author’s attempts to drag out the story to novel length. There were moments of humor that made me laugh out loud (Badger Attack and the iPad Fairy) and sometimes Lucy broke my heart. The idea of there being a mysterious Order within the Catholic Church to deal with exorcisms outside the usual bounds was intriguing. I also found the concept of marking to be a fascinating one and I hope that’s explored further throughout the series. The ending wasn’t what I was expecting, and while I felt like Nick’s true nature was a bit… forced in, it was certainly unusual. With some work, this could be an excellent novel.

Bottom line: I liked the story that was hidden beneath all the telling, complaining, and time spent eating. I’d recommend this for lovers of suspense (I wouldn’t really call it horror, despite the nature of Jimmy’s profession) who don’t mind wading through unnecessary drama.

Rating: C-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Sorrow’s Edge
by Danielle DeVor
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: City Owl Press

Comments

  1. Shelly Browne says:

    So he’s former priest and the gf is a witch?

Speak Your Mind

*