The Raven’s Daughter by Peggy A. Wheeler. (2016).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to the author and author’s publicist for getting in contact and sending me a free copy of this novel, I am very appreciative**
Retired criminologist Maggie is living in rural California after leaving the force because she killed a man in a police shootout. When sets of young twins are murdered in her town, the local sheriff recruits her to solve the gruesome killings. But to catch a killer, Maggie needs to recognise and accept her true nature as a “pukkukwerek” (the shapeshifting monster killer of Yurok legend) or more children will die. As the manhunt intensifies and her own family is threatened, Maggie will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. Whether she’s awake or asleep and dreaming, Maggie is faced with a difficult choice: embrace her heritage – even if it means turning into myth itself – or deny that heritage and lose everything.
To be honest, this is not the type of book I’d normally pick up myself so I’m glad that the author’s publicist got in contact because I actually found it really interesting. I thought the interweaving of legends/myths, as well as some paranormal activity, with a modern timeline was refreshing; it was something different that grabbed the reader’s attention. I think my biggest issue with this book was that I just found Maggie quite off-putting at times. She could be very abrupt and basically rude really; however I believe she was written this way on purpose as it was part of the storyline that she was making an effort to think before speaking. There were very small flashbacks of the killer when he was young – I found that an effective technique. I thought I’d picked the killer for sure (I even thought it was super obvious) and then nearing the end I realised I’d gotten it very wrong so that was great, a clever twist in the tale.
If you enjoy thrillers but are also open minded to something a bit different, then give this one a try.