Hunt the Roads by Abbie Roads

Hunt the Roads by Abbie RoadsHunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads
Series: Fatal Dreams #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 6th 2016
Pages: 352
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You can’t hide your secrets from Lathan Montgomery—he can read your darkest memories. And while his special abilities are invaluable in the FBI’s hunt for a serial killer, he has no way to avoid the pain that brings him. Until he is drawn to courageous, down-on-her-luck Evanee Brown and finds himself able to offer her something he’s never offered another human being: himself.
Nightmares are nothing new to Evanee Brown. But once she meets Lathan, they plummet into the realm of the macabre. Murder victims are reaching from beyond the grave to give Evanee evidence that could help Lathan bring a terrifying killer to justice. Together, they could forge an indomitable partnership to thwart violence, abuse, and death—if they survive the forces that seek to tear them apart.

I found this an odd one – odd enough that writing a review about this well-written but truly bizarre story is ten times more difficult precisely because it stands out for the strange gifts that its lead characters have, rather than the type of crazy romance that comes with the paranormal bond.

Evanee and Lathan are the unlikeliest pairing – the former’s strange gift manifesting without satisfactory reason – and they seem to function mostly based on an inexplicable bond after Lathan rescues her. But the paranormal label certainly paves the way for the unacceptable to be made more ‘acceptable’ in any case: the instant love, the blitz-speed connection formed through some kind of compulsion, the sudden manifestation of creepy dreams and the constant walk in the grey areas where logic finally gives way to parallel realities.

‘Hunt the Dawn’ is good speculative fiction; that much I can say though, but I’m not too convinced of the love story that’s written into it. Evanee is a little too needy (yet flares cold and hot) for me, while I couldn’t quite get a grasp on Lathan despite Abbie Road’s persuasive attempt at framing him as an unusual hero with a stricken past. That they needed to be together forever to make each other better was even less convincing and I finished the book feeling somewhat unsatisfied after the anti-climax, even if it definitely pushed my fiction boundaries.