October 25, 2017
Curse Breaker by J.T. Bishop is an enjoyable paranormal suspense novel with a romantic angle. The book itself is the fourth in the Red Line series, but I found the book entertaining and easily followable without having read the previous three. The main character, Grayson Steele, seems to be affected by a curse which leads to the death of any woman he loves or falls for. This, of course, has a severe effect on his mental stability and well-being, and even causes him to become suicidal. Before things can get worse for Grayson, a woman named Gillian Fletcher enters his life to help solve the mystery and a romantic entanglement in which both parties are constantly in danger ensues.
The characters of Grayson and Gillian are well fleshed-out, and the secondary characters are also well-written. There are some instances where the dialogue can seem a little unnatural, and the book does have some minor pacing issues, but nothing that took me out of the story. While the action takes a little while to get started, once it does it ramps up quickly and by the end the reader will be absolutely enthralled. It would be impossible to discuss the ending of the book without giving away too much, but I can guarantee that readers who pick this up and make it through will be rewarded with a number of surprising and satisfying twists and turns and an ending that they won’t soon forget.
The author does a masterful job of leading (and misleading) the reader on an incredible adventure that deals with the supernatural while remaining firmly rooted in our reality. Fans of the Red Line series will surely be happy to spend more time in the world that J.T. Bishop has created, and readers new to the series will find a lot to like in this book (and it makes a fine entry point to the series, as the author mentions it can be read before or after the original trilogy). As mentioned, there are some minor hiccups with the seeming naturalness of some of the dialogue and the pace during the exposition, but I felt that neither of these criticisms warranted the deduction of a full star. I give Curse Breaker by J.T. Bishop 4.5 Stars, rounded up to 5.