Book Review

Westside – W. M. Akers

Book Title: Westside

Series: Westside #1

Author: W.M. Akers

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  5/07/19

Star Rating:  – Quirky fantasy/mystery

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an un-biased review.

First things first, this book is wholly original. The world building is fantastic! Imagine a New York of the early 1920’s … a little dangerous, colorful, fully jazzed and ginned up … now cut New York in half. A fence runs down the island splitting New York into the East and Westside. The East is fairly normal, maybe a little too crowded and a mess of corruption, but nothing too out of the ordinary. The Westside though … the buildings are rotting, shadows rule the night, and both possessions and loved ones disappear into the darkness with alarming frequency, never to be seen again. Who would want to live there?

Gilda Carr would. She is a fascinating character. A bold, gutsy, broken young woman in her mid-20’s, she is also the daughter of detective who disappeared years ago. She follows in his footsteps to a certain degree. She doesn’t get involved in serious crimes but does like to solve “tiny mysteries”. Of which there are plenty in this strange place. But the mystery of a missing glove grows exponentially into death and drama she doesn’t really want to be involved in but can’t she can’t seem to quit.

The writing in this book is excellent. The premise and world building are unique and very interesting. I was reminded a little of the grit and imagination of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I read about 20 pages before I started raving about it to friends. I found it un-put-downable. Excellent read. I fully recommend this to everyone.

Link to review of second in series: Westside Saints

Song for this book: Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance (New Orleans Marching Band Cover) ft. Joey Cook

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