I’ve waited a while to write a review for A Curious Woman by Jess Lea. I’m really conflicted about this book because while there were several things I like about the story, in the end I really struggled to read it. I actually stopped about a third of the way through and went to something else for a while. I did come back and finish though, and I’m glad I did.
The quirky characters are well defined and do add to the story. The setting is also well developed and seems to add to that quirkiness. It makes the story different and refreshing. The murder mystery is a good one and the author keeps you guessing until the very end. There is a small, slow-burn romance between the two main characters, but it is a minor part of the plot. This is mostly a mystery.
I think the biggest problem I had with the novel was the pacing of the story. The more I read, the more I struggled with the tale. I also didn’t quite connect with the main characters in spite of their well-developed personas. I also wished there had been more romance. I’m a sucker for romance even if it is a fade to black kind.
I will mention again that the mystery in this book is well done. Those of you who like a good murder mystery that keeps you guessing will probably like this book. Even though I struggled with this book, I think the author shows promise, and I will look for future books from her.
I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.