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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Life is hard for 24-year-old Truly Alaney. She works three jobs to keep living in an apartment owned by a horrible landlord and to pay for her psychiatric consultations. She has trouble sleeping and suffers from nightmares. She has no memories of her childhood. When certain individuals die from ostensibly unfortunate accidents, something from her past seems to be the culprit. Truly Unfortunate (Knollville Curses, Book 1) by C.A. King is set in Knollville, a decent town with decent parks with “well-sculptured gardens and ornamental trees”. It starts like a subtle psychological drama where a young woman has to endure unscrupulous men and hard-earned living. When deaths start to occur, the plot reveals that it has more layers that one might think.
Truly is easy to empathize with but Jeff and Miranda are a pair of detectives who raise the mystery vibe up a notch. Initially, I had to slightly suspend disbelief with Jeff as he seemed a bit too conveniently intuitive. That said, when all the dots are connected and a hidden truth is revealed, all the strange happenstances make sense. King’s Truly Unfortunate is a swift-paced supernatural tale with a good dose of mystery and horror. The ending has some ambiguity regarding protagonist Truly that I feel is fitting, which also makes a great start for the Knollville Curses series. This is a solid story from King and I look forward to reading the next book.