10 October 2013

Review - Soul Storm By: Kate Harrison

Title: Soul Storm (Soul #3) 
Author: Kate Harrison
Publisher: Hachette Publishing, 304 pages, (August 1st 2013)
From: Bought for me as a gift
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: Someone is stalking Alice Forster. She's sure it's her sister's murderer, but her parents think she's cracking under the stress of Meggie's death. Only in the virtual world of Soul Beach - an online paradise for the young, the beautiful and the dead - can Alice feel truly free. But there's trouble in paradise . . .
Clouds are gathering.

A storm is brewing.

The killer is about to strike.

The final gripping thriller in this paranormal romance trilogy.

Review: 5 Stars I will start off by saying I am a huge fan of Kate Harrison’s Soul series- so Soul Storm has been an eagerly anticipated read.

Also, this review may contain spoilers if you haven’t read the previous 2 books in the series- Soul Beach and Soul Fire.

Back in 2011 when Soul Beach was published we met Alice Forster whose reality TV star sister Megan ‘Meggie’ had been murdered.
On the day of Meggie’s funeral Alice received an email invite to Soul Beach. Alice initially thought this was a hoax email but after clicking on the invite she was transported to a paradise island where colourful birds sing throughout the day, the sun’s always shining and the people there with their model-like physiques and golden tans are always happy. Or are they?
As Alice soon realises these beautiful people aren’t happy at all. They are the souls of people whose deaths are unresolved. That’s why Meggie’s here, she was murdered and Alice is the only one who can find out who Meggie’s killer is.

We join Alice at the start of Soul Storm taking driving lessons, finishing school for the summer and thinking of spending her 7 weeks summer break on ‘The Beach’. Alice receives a bouquet of flowers on passing her driving test. She thinks they’ve been sent by her sister’s killer. No one believes her and they think she must have a secret admirer. When they are traced back to her mum’s credit card. Alice’s parents think she’s sent them to herself and needs psychiatric help; that she still hasn’t accepted Meggie’s death. They arrange a meeting with a therapist, ban her from using the internet and want to know where she is at all times. This means Alice’s only way to escape to Soul Beach is gone; taking her way of contacting Meggie and boyfriend Danny with it.
With Cara and Lewis as the only ones on her side, Alice must pull out all the stops to find the killer; even if her mission does take her to the other side of the world.

The ending.....what can I say? I thought I knew who the murderer was, but then there was a twist that made me suspect someone new, and then another twist. But when the murderer was revealed my suspicions were correct. It definitely kept me on my toes.

I love the idea of Soul Beach. I have to say I would love to think we go on somewhere else after we die, but I’m a little sceptical about it. Why couldn’t there be somewhere that lost souls went to after death and in this age of everything being computerised why can’t they contact you via email. Granted I would probably think it was a scam like Alice did. However,  I think this is a fresh idea and I commend Kate Harrison for taking the life after death idea a step further.

With intrigue, murder mystery, an unexpected twist of an ending and just a smidge of a love story, Soul Storm is everything I wanted for the final book in this series. I’m just sad it’s come to an end.

Thank you to Kate for writing characters you really care about and baddies you really hate! 

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