Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This novella started out very promisingly. The protagonist, Bee, and her lover Chela are trapped in a cave system; Bee doesn't remember what they did to be marooned there, and Chela refuses to tell her anything beyond that they're telepaths and they killed four thousand people. The first three chapters are very good, intriguing and well paced. Then another telepathic voice intrudes on Bee's mind, the mental voice of the wife she's forgotten, and Jasmine breaks Bee out of the Matrix-like hold she's in....
And the whole thing goes downhill from there.
Honestly, I wish the editor had insisted the author chop the remaining four chapters right on out. This is simply not the story that should be told, in my opinion; it's not well thought out and characterized at all, and the worldbuilding (what there is of it) is severely lacking. The end reveal (who Chela really is) had me rolling my eyes. It's sad, because I would have read the heck out of a story featuring Bee and Chela trying to escape from their prison, and exploring whether Bee really is a mass murderer. I only rated this book (barely) two stars because of the first half. The book felt like a cheat, setting itself up to be one thing and then doing a completely unearned turn in another direction.
Don't waste your time with this one. I'm afraid you'll be disappointed.
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