Undertow ★★☆☆☆

22924235My official verdict on Undertow is: Meh.

Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker’s new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declared that she drowned.

Unbeknownst to the town and Eila however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth and he has returned to the Cape, determined to protect the last surviving Walker from a history of violence. A soulless killer himself, Raef will attempt to keep Eila, safe from his own kind who murdered her grandmother so long ago.

But what starts out as a quest for redemption evolves into something more and soon Raef is forced to reveal the truth to Eila.

-Goodreads

We open with the formula for instant friendship followed shortly by “Oh, gee, who is that mysterious stranger?”

That mysterious stranger is not really mysterious at all. Maybe I would feel differently if Undertow didn’t have a proglogue. To be honest, I was more intrigued by the prologue than I was by chapter one, and I wish I had read Elizabeth’s story and not Eila’s. Elizabeth who has all this emotion upfront, fear, action, intrigue! But then Undertow just throws us in with Eila.

Eila was just too… boring? Is that the right word? She wasn’t above or below her age range but if I were a teen I wouldn’t be friends with her. That’s a horrible thing to say in a review but I mean I felt indifferent to her. As the view point character i should have some opinion and she just felt like she belonged in the background. I’d probably wave at her because I knew her from class, but as for hanging outside of school? Nah.

I stopped reading halfway through. Which I hate doing but I simply wasn’t enjoying it.

I will say that I enjoyed the premise. Hence the second star in my rating. I’m a sucker for a good ancient family mystery drama, but I just don’t feel like Conway took me along the right path in Undertow.

 

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