Revelations

The Colburn Curse

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
405 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2018
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Revelations: The Colburn Curse by Catalina DuBois is the prequel to the well-received first installment, Book of Matthew, in the author's saga series, House of Whispers. DuBois takes us back to the early days of Matthew Colburn's life, a man who grows up before our eyes to become heir to a vast plantation, its slaves, and the opulent lifestyle such wealth provides...at a steep and dangerous cost. Matthew's backstory and the atmosphere of mid-1800s Louisiana are brought to life with vivid detail during a time when the Colburn family is mired in scandal, as Matthew becomes aware of the man he means to be, the women who have influenced him, and, at the heart of it all, a killer on the loose that could easily mean his downfall.

Revelations is the extraordinary gateway that the House of Whispers series deserves. Catalina DuBois is a skilled writer who is able to flesh out her characters in a time long past with an authenticity that is as hauntingly engrossing as it is evocative. While the time jumps and some of the sequences can be complex, the narrative weaves together comfortably (as comfortably as a slave-era story can possibly get) with prose and dialogue that jolt a reader back into a riptide of emotion: "For the black woman you murdered that’s a slap on the wrist and a fine, but you’ll hang if you kill these white beauties." I love how the details and suspense carry throughout, but mostly I enjoyed the better understanding of DuBois' meaty setup to a family saga with all the right elements to keep me turning pages.