Fallen by Erin McCarthy

3 May

Favorite Lines: “This was his punishment. Every woman he had an intimate physical relationship with grew to crave him, to desire him the way he longed for absinthe.” (p. 77)

Sara Michaels became newspaper fodder during and after the trial of her mother’s killer. Searching for answers and hoping to avoid being the newest victim of her family’s curse, she takes up Gabriel St. John’s offer to use her forensic science skills to solve an old murder and that of her mother.

Sara has not revealed the secret of her curse or that she is the great-great-granddaughter of Anne, the woman who was murdered (like Sara’s mother) in the 1840’s.

Gabriel has his own secret. He is a fallen angel forced to live without the knowledge of his guilt or innocence; he was there the night Anne died, but was in an absinthe haze. His punishment was women would be attracted to him- he would be their addiction. They fling themselves at him and become overwrought when they discover he does not love them. It is a painful life, but as a Fallen he walks among humans while remaining apart.

Fallen is an interesting twist in the paranormal arena written by Erin McCarthy. It looks at demons from a different perspective and incorporates a story full of mind games. There is very little action, which tended to make the story tedious at times. A break in the tedium came with the newspaper clipping and reports from the 1800’s.

The book uses newspaper clipping and snatches from memories to tell the story of Anne who was killed in the 1840’s. This takes place at the same time Sara and Gabriel are leaning to cope with each other and themselves, while search for Anne’s killer.

It took me a long time to read this book. I started it on Monday and didn’t finish until today (Saturday). This is unusual for me. The book is wordy. Some books are extremely easy to read and become invested in. That didn’t happen for me. I forced myself to continue reading and searched for a reason to finish the book. I began to find that with the newspaper clippings. They sounded authentic, which excited me.

Fallen is book two in the Seven Deadly Sins series, and the first book I’ve read in the series. The next book will make or break any possible addiction to them for me. Right now, I’m curious in the direction the books are leading, but I’ve not been sucked into the series. I found other reviews at Errant Dreams and Romance Junkies Reviews.


2 Responses to “Fallen by Erin McCarthy”

  1. errantdreams May 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    Definitely it seemed like the book started out with too much ‘in their heads’ interior monologue material. Slow starts are one of the most common problems in books…

  2. scooper May 5, 2008 at 8:33 pm #

    Errant dreams – I’m more of an action girl myself, too. 🙂

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