Saturday, 4 October 2014

The Astrologer's Daughter by Rebecca Lim

Blurb (adapted from Amazon):

Avicenna Crowe's mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing.

The police are called, but they're not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her past, and what she saw in her stars that made her so afraid.

But Avicenna has inherited her mother's gift. Finding an unlikely ally in the brooding Simon Thorn, she begins to piece together the mystery. And when she uncovers a link between Joanne's disappearance and a cold-case murder, Avicenna is led deep into the city's dark and seedy underbelly, unaware how far she is placing her own life in danger.

My say:

This review will be a little disjointed. I read The Astrologer's Daughter a while ago but haven't had the time to write this but here goes…

"Only the strong-willed can change what's in the stars. It's always, and only ever, up to you".

I liked this book. I can't say I loved it though, largely because I didn't feel like the story was really smooth reading and I was left wanting more.

The idea of astrology, being able to look to the stars coupled with some basic facts, was compelling. It was what grabbed my attention when I initially heard about this book. But I think what made this book worthwhile was Avicenna's (Cenna) discovery and growth. She learns about her mother and their past while using her 'inherited' skills as an astrologer to uncover some long buried secrets.

The things I struggled with in this book are very nit-picky. I felt it strange for the police to leave a young girl home alone when it appears there is foul play in her mother's disappearance plus a home invasion that spooks her. Avicenna's relationship with Simon Thorn also left me with more questions - maybe there'll be a sequel?

Recommendation: An easy read. Mystery with a twist.

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