Review – Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

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Mark of the Demon is the first book in the Kara Gillian series.

Kara is a cop who has a secret life as a summoner of demons. When a summoning goes wrong, she inadvertently pulls through a Demonic Lord that she cannot control. Somehow she survives this encounter but she needs to figure out what happened. At the same time she is assigned as the lead detective in a serial killer case that also has arcane characteristics.

Overall this is a pretty good book. There is a strong plot and the writing is well done. There were just a few things that didn’t work for me. First, it’s hard to believe Kara would be assigned as the lead in this case. She has no experience with investigating murders and the reader isn’t left with the impression that she is more than an average detective. Second, while Kara is a likable and strong protagonist, she is undermined by the dialogue she is given. Too much “aw shucks” and “yep” make her seem less than the intelligent woman she is meant to be. (And don’t get me started on her aunt calling her sweets or sweetling. Vomit.)

And, the ending. Too convenient with too many questions left unanswered.

I will be reading the 2nd in the series to see if it’s a bit tighter with more of the Kara I want to see.

3.5/5 stars. Good but not great.

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