Severn House Publishers (March 1, 2016)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Synopsis: Introducing Blackie, an unusual feline hero, and his companion Care in the first of this dark new mystery series.
Three figures, shadowy against the light. That s all I remember from my past life, as I am dragged, dripping and half-drowned, from the flood. My saviour, a strange, pink-haired girl, is little help. She can barely care for herself, let alone the boy she loves. And although she has sworn to avenge the murder of her mentor, she must first escape the clutches of drug dealers, murderers and thieves. I would repay her kindness if I could. But we are alone in this blighted city and I am a cat.
The past is an enigma to Blackie, the voice of Clea Simon s dark new mystery. Combining elements of feline fantasy and cozy whodunit, The Ninth Life introduces this unusual hero and his companion, Care: two small creatures in a nightmarish urban landscape, fighting for their lives, and for the lives and memories of those they love.
|This is a new series from Clea Simon, and new concept as well. This time around we get the story from the perspective of a cat. Blackie is not your typical feline, however. He appears to fully understand English, and to be very perceptive when it comes to following clues and solving mysteries. At the end of the book, we discover why (which I suspected a bit earlier on), but you'll have to read the book to find that out.|
Blackie teams up with Care (Carrie Wright), a young homeless girl who had been mentoring under a private investigator. When he is killed, she vows to solve the last case he had taken on, and she hopes to take over his business as well. They are also occasionally joined by the younger Tick (Thomas), but Blackie isn't sure they should trust him, even though Care feels responsible for him.
The unusual duo finds themselves in several life-threatening situations, and they have to travel in some of the least appealing parts of the city to track down the information they need. The interaction between girl and cat is very well written, particularly Blackie's frustration at not being able to communicate his observations to Care.
The mystery is well-written and keeps you guessing all the way through. There are a few red herrings, and I was surprised when the full reveal was laid out. I had figured out bits and pieces, but not the big picture.
I truly enjoyed this book, and will look forward to further installments in the future.
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
Rating: Five stars
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