Title: The Strange Curse of Breda
Author: Steven Arnett
Published: August 28th, 2018
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An excellent thriller that leaves the reader on their toes and wanting to keep reading until the mystery is solved. Lovable characters and excellent planning of the storyline and plot.
Written by Steven Arnett, The Strange Curse of Breda is a mystery thriller that takes place in the United States. A murder has occurred near Breda of a young woman named Jane Luca. Signs of a connection between the murder and a commune draws suspicion. Later after the first murder, other murders occur and it brings horror and fear into the town. As each murder occurs, the town becomes more chaotic and some townsfolk flee the town or arm themselves. The police are coming up with no leads until a young man, Jim Leiden, pursues the chase for the murder after hearing an old story which everyone dismisses it as superstitions. The more he looks, the more he realizes that it is a chase to find the murderer before the person whom he cares about to become the next victim.
The book starts off with a back story of an old tale that soon becomes an old superstition. It creates an interesting start and causes readers to want to find out what happens next. When it jumps to the present, the reader finds out who the murderer is in the first few chapters; however, they only know the murderer’s connection to the town besides that they are related to Obadiah and wants revenge. It does not reveal who knows the murderer in the town which helps create suspense. The mystery of the murderer’s motive and their identity drives and continue this book.
Steven Arnett created many characters with different personalities across the spectrum. Jim starts as a character that seems like a side character but when it reaches the middle, he becomes the main character. He is a character who is a well-developed and well-rounded person. Sheriff Mathers is a character that ignores stereotypes and respects everyone, however, his coworkers are the opposite of him and uses stereotypes to find the murderer with stubborn personalities.
Throughout the book, it switches between different perspective and also shows the perspective of the ones that were murdered right before it happened. This gives the readers a peek at information that the other characters do not know. It also gives different people’s perspective on how they view Breda. By switching between the points of views, it allows the readers to understand the reasoning behind each person’s actions.
The author had used vocabulary and descriptions to set a mood that is sinister and haunting which is a great fit for this book. It made it feel as if it was more of a retold of a crime rather than a work of fiction because everything that happens in the book may actually happen or a similar event has happened already (if any of you know any story that is similar to this book, comment it down below). The book gets the readers really engaged with the book and feel as if they are following the person whose perspective is being told in even though it is told in a third person’s point of view. Even though the actions of the criminal are looked down upon and illegal, sometimes the readers cannot help but feel slight pity for the criminal because of what had happened, though it may vary reader by reader.
Sometimes the author may have trouble pointing out when there is a perspective change, but Steven Arnett did an excellent job at pointing that out and acknowledging this to the readers. It made the reading process a lot smoother and easier to understand. There is a minor thing within the book that caused a slight confusion when it first appeared. The book sometimes introduces accents from different parts of the States, however, for those who are not familiar with them may be confused with the spelling of certain words in a speech.
However, because of the slow, creeping kind of mystery where it felt like I was just waiting for something to happen all the time, I did not give it a higher review. It gave the similar feeling I got when I was reading The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld. I was not a fan of that slow, sluggish feeling.
This is a book that is recommended for readers who enjoy mystery, thrillers, and short story. If readers are just trying to find a book to read, then this book may also strike some interest because it has an interesting plot and is a short story. Highly recommended for those who enjoy crime novels too as this is about a murder.
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