Fiction - Supernatural
289 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2024
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Author Biography

T. Kolodziej is an emerging Canadian author who creates captivating stories that blend the supernatural, paranormal and horror with crime mysteries. Alongside her husband, she co-hosts The Triangulum, a podcast that delves into the same enigmatic topics found in her novels. When not exploring these intriguing realms, T. Kolodziej spends her time solving puzzle games in VR and entertaining her curious feline companions.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

As a solar storm slowly unfolded in the night sky, Damion Beck, a YouTuber from Calgary, Canada, was set to go live on his channel. To Beck, it was just another night to make scripted videos about the supernatural realm for his millions of followers. Except on that fateful night, nothing goes as planned and Beck’s residence is the center of a crime investigation the following day, a possible homicide. Ontario Police Service Detectives Rennic, Stokes, and Decima are sent to Calgary to aid the Royal Canadian Bureau of Investigation at the scene. Before they can wrap their heads around the case, many deaths are reported countrywide and they are all consistent with Beck’s case. While the victims are nowhere to be found, all that is left of them is a clump of hair, teeth, and nails. Decima, a detective with psychic abilities, is warned by a spirit about the random deaths. It turns out Beck had unknowingly opened a portal to the spirit world, and a deadly demon was on the loose on Earth. If not stopped, the demon could be the end of the world. Detectives Decima, Stokes, and Rennic have to rely on their wits to stop the demon before it’s too late. Can they pull this off? Find out in T. Kolodziej’s Mimic.

The author pays great attention to detail, but just enough so as not to bog down the pace of the plot. This coupled with the depictions of the scenes had me feeling like I was right next to the characters, helplessly watching every scene unfold. One moment I was watching Decima help the RCBI track down a serial killer using her special abilities. The next thing I knew, I was staring in horror as unsuspecting victims met their end at the hands of a bloodthirsty demon. I was plunged into a world of action, drama, horror, mystery, demons, sleuths, and so much more. The tone of the storyline had me on the edge of my seat, hooked, flipping from page to page. Just when I thought I had figured out where the story was headed, I would be slapped with a twist I never saw coming, and the plot would quickly pick up pace in another direction. Kolodziej brings out the cast’s traits and emotions, firmly anchoring the story’s grip on reality. This allowed me to connect with them. Lovers of mystery sleuth novels with a paranormal touch will find T. Kolodziej’s Mimic an enthralling read.

K.C. Finn

Mimic is a work of fiction in the supernatural, dark fantasy, and suspense subgenres, and is the second novel in the Decima King series. The work is best suited to mature readers owing to scenes of violence, adult themes, and the use of explicit language throughout. Penned by author T. Kolodziej, this intriguing tale thrusts readers into a realm where ancient myths collide with contemporary technology as an online content creator inadvertently triggers a portal to another dimension. Decima, Rennic, and Stokes find themselves entangled in a perilous pursuit against a shape-shifting entity with a sinister agenda. As they race against time to decipher the mystery behind the malevolent force, the stakes escalate, intertwining crime investigation with supernatural suspense and cosmic intrigue.

Author T. Kolodziej has crafted a fascinating work that blends the best of dark and eerie genres to offer a complex and atmospheric adventure. Picking up the action of an existing series is never easy, but Kolodziej drops readers right back into the action with great cinematic command of scene description and the physical action of the characters. Through its captivating storytelling and intricate plot, Mimic invites readers on an exhilarating journey of discovery, where the boundaries between myth and reality blur, and the quest for truth takes center stage. This emotional core of the tale is delivered well through the speech and thought presentation of the characters, which is authentically shaped by the world around them and conveyed with original and distinct voices for each one. Overall, Mimic is a highly recommended read for fans of intense supernatural dramas with plenty of suspense and thrills.

Essien Asian

Jonathan Rennic and Rebeccah Stokes are assigned to assist the RCBI in solving a series of murders. But before they can make a breakthrough in the case, the duo receives new instructions to investigate another series of disturbing murders. Rennic and Stokes call on Decima, their psychic friend, to assist them, but she struggles to make any headway. They are unaware that they are hunting an entity with a unique ability that enables it to hide in plain sight while carrying out its grisly activities. The clock is ticking as Rennic, Stokes, and Decima battle against suspicious colleagues and otherworldly beings to stop a killer whose actions, if left unchecked, will tear apart the fabric of space and time in T. Kolodziej's Mimic.

In Mimic, solving crimes takes on an extraterrestrial dimension. T. Kolodziej builds a captivating science fiction plot that weaves ancient folklore into a well-crafted detective story. The characters are likable as regular people, making for sound and realistic character development. The reader will glean a veiled allusion to earlier books from Rennic's conversation with the stranger at the supermarket, where he subconsciously demonstrates his continued desire to track down his former captor. Nyx's exciting discussions with the detectives give a lighthearted touch to a serious story. One instance is when Nyx shares her thoughts on the human race with Rennic. I enjoyed how the narrative transports readers into the excitement of pursuing Rennic, Stokes, and Dr. Schaffer as they track the Khybodon. If you are a sucker for crime drama and adventures with a time travel theme, Mimic is the book for you.