Thursday, 27 June 2013

Touching Evil (Leila Marx #1) by Amber Garr

Touching Evil (Leila Marx, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
With one touch, Leila can see it all.

Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiancé is murdered. When Detective Garrick Pearson enlists her help with a difficult case, she is thankful for the distraction and the opportunity to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant. Leila and Garrick delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while discovering their own growing attraction to each other.

Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target.

Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.

Touching Evil by Amber Garr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Touching Evil (Leila Marx, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free from
Leila Marx is an artist, who works as a children’s book illustrator, and she’s also a touch clairvoyant, which means that she can get a feeling for a person or what is happening to a person when she touches a belonging of theirs.

Leila is still trying to get over the death of her fiancée, who was attacked and killed in an alley recently, but when her friend Garrick who is a detective asks for her help solving a case where girls are being murdered and turn up looking like mummys, she agrees to help.
Who is killing these girls? Can Leila really help? And can they find the murderer before it’s too late?

This was an okay murder-mystery story, with a touch of the paranormal.

Leila was a touch clairvoyant, so she tried to not touch people or their belongings too much. She was happy to help try to solve crimes, even when it meant that she had to do and see things that she maybe didn’t want to do or see!

There were an assortment of different supernatural creatures in this one, from witches to werewolves, and it was interesting how they all seemed to get along pretty well with each other. I wasn’t really expecting the appearance of all these other supernatural creatures in this book, so that was a bit of a surprise.

The storyline in this book was okay, and reminded me a bit of the TV show ‘Medium’, and the Sookie Stackhouse ‘True Blood’ and ‘Harper Connelly’ series. The story did feel fairly formulaic for this kind of thing, and didn’t really make for edge of your seat reading. I didn’t guess who the killer was, but the revelation wasn’t really all that exciting for me. I’m not sure whether I just wasn’t in the right mood for this one at the time or what, but this was only okay for me.
While this story was okay I didn’t like it as much as the author’s other ‘Syrenka’ series, but if you like murder-mystery stories then you will probably prefer this.
Overall; a murder mystery with a touch of the paranormal.
6 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I like when books offer a lot of diff supernatural creatures.