A Novel

Fiction - Mystery - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/28/2022
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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite

Fated: A Novel by T.K. Lee commences with a frightening scene. Dee is hiding in the dark, observing a puzzling crime. It is a relief when she wakes and realizes it is a dream, but later she witnesses a suspicious suicide. Meanwhile, Detectives Rennic and Stokes are investigating cases linked to a strange Ouroboros brand. When the latest victim proves to be Dee’s supervisor Peter Watt, she is obliged to offer the police all the information she can. Detective Rennic’s unusually auspicious numerology interests the perpetrator. Can Dee and Rebecca Stokes survive murderous attacks and rescue Rennic? Who is the mysterious fox protecting them, and what mystery connects all the main characters? A surprise revelation toward the end exposes factors that demand an alternative solution.

Fated by T.K. Lee effectively combines psycho-thriller and horror. It is the sort of story that evokes spine-chilling shivers along with gut-wrenching revulsion. The plot is compelling and challenging as it explores the complexities of non-consensual bondage. The psychological destruction of the victims is effectively analyzed and demonstrated. I recommend taking notice of the trigger warnings, as this is definitely a thought-provoking book for the mature reader. I liked the author’s reversal of the stereotypical gender roles of victim and perpetrator, thus rendering the abuser female and the victim male. I also liked the powerful roles Dee and Rebecca played, allowing these two women to become rescuers rather than helpless damsels waiting to be rescued. This is a supernatural crime story that offers a glimpse into a twisted and corrupted mind.

Jamie Michele

Fated: A Novel by T.K. Lee is a supernatural murder mystery with two sides working to determine how a string of apparent suicides is connected, with each side suspecting that the other is likely to be involved. Peter Watt has been kidnapped. Five men, all branded, have committed suicide. Richard Shaw stepped in front of a subway train. Steven Pallister and Daniel Metzler leaped to their deaths. Chris Morrison hanged himself. Justin Strickland shot himself. A pair of detectives on the case, Rebecca Stokes and Jonathan Rennic, have a theory but not strong enough to make it stick to the suspect they've set their sights on. Decima “Dee” King is growing with a power that flows through her body, giving her the ability to foretell events in dreams and through telepathy with her mentor, an entity from an alternate dimension named Nyx. Following a revelation that links a series of master numbers to an unexpected individual and another person turning up dead, the stakes for all involved become higher than any could have imagined.

Fated is a unique mystery and its plot evolution is full of unexpected twists. T.K. Lee brings imagination and an authentic supernatural undercurrent to the story and the result is a satisfying, fast-paced read. I think what I enjoyed the most was the shifting points of view provided by an omniscient narrator, including the mindset and motivation of the antagonist. The writing itself is on the raw side and it can be a distraction on occasion, but the tension-filled sequences balance this out. Lee's talent for scene depiction shines when Dee is first truly initiated into her power and sparks fly. It is wonderfully described and gives the reader a great fly-on-the-wall perspective that is almost immersive. This crosses over into the crimes themselves which appear to come from a place of exhaustive research or experience, given the depth to which they are analyzed. The psychological impact of sexual assault and how the victim desperately tries to understand what happened to them can lead to blurred lines on accountability, which is so relevant in the #MeToo era. Recommended.

Alma Boucher

Decima King had a dream in which she sees a man being dropped off on the side of the road. Daniel is on his knees, begging a woman to forgive him. Daniel promises the woman that he will not disappoint her again. Decima has never seen this man. She notices a red fox looking at her and she hears a soft female voice in her head. The fox is talking to Decima. She phones her best friend, Stef, to tell her about the dream and the fox. While talking to Stef, Decima sees Daniel walking past her, and then he steps off a cliff. Detectives Jonathan Rennic and Rebecca Stokes are called to the scene to investigate. Decima King’s boss Peter is missing and the detectives see her hurrying out of the building. Decima is now a person of interest in Fated by T.K. Lee.

Fated by T.K. Lee has a complex and exciting plot. I was intrigued from the first page as the different stories were intertwined. Every third chapter was dedicated to Dee, Rennic, or M. The chapters flowed naturally into each other. The story unfolded chapter by chapter to reveal this fantastic plot. It was full of action and fast-paced. I never had a chance to wonder what will happen next. The characters were brilliantly developed. They were authentic and relatable. Rennic's, Stokes', and M’s pasts were traumatic. My favorite character is the red fox. She transforms into a woman who protects Dee. Despite the supernatural nature of the fox, the criminal aspect is the main storyline. The story was well-written and amazing. Some of the scenes were very descriptive. Fated exceeded my expectations and I did not expect the ending.