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Friday, October 5, 2012

Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren

Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (349 pgs)
Heat: Hot
Rated 4 stars
Review by Snapdragon

Believing herself responsible for her father's fatal diving accident, Racel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a priceless artifact from a sunken galleon, she has no intention of cooperating - until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her own life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father's death.

Slip beneath the waves into Kaylin McFarren’s perilous new romance, ‘Severed Threads.’

In the classic dive novel, one of the main characters is after shipwrecks – or more accurately, sunken treasure: a very specific treasure. And treasure is most definitely at the heart of this one, but for far more reasons than money – this hunt is both close to the heart and quite possibly deadly.

At the start, we’re assured that handsome Chase Cohen can ‘remain focused on a purpose.’ In a way, he does, but his ‘purpose’ distracts him from immediate – and life threatening  situation. That error threatens his ruin in so many ways. So focused, yet easily distracted. We will discover this is consistent to his character.

Rachel – who when we first meet, seems not so much despondent as harsh and cold, is also deceptive. She’s burdened with guilt and stubbornly clinging to blame as well. However, the opening is so cleverly written, we as readers cannot help but sympathize with both the main characters, from the start.

Severed Threads connects on an emotional level almost immediately. The twists of the plot tangle one almost as quickly. Whatever treasure lies out there, it is luring more than just honorable salvage companies, and has interested more than pleasant little maritime museums.

Rachel is forced in a more active role …not because of some thought out plan, and not because she is finally swayed to a different point of view. No spoilers here! But the story takes a fast turn and suddenly Rachel is much more involved than she ever anticipated. We are clinging to the seats at this point, wondering if she’ll ever deduce what really happened… and if Chase’s undertaking will be the end of all of them. And Chase – true to form, almost misses the treasure, he’s so distracted by the moment.

Irregularly presented chapters from lesser characters interrupted the connection to the storyline in an annoying way – they furthered the story but seemed to bumble in, intrusively. The sizzle in this case was window-dressing.

Undoubtedly the high points of this story were: believable and interesting characters and the unpredictable story line.