14 September 2014

Jesus Jackson; James Ryan Daley

Jesus JacksonJesus Jackson by James Ryan Daley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting concept, but I think it doesn't quite accomplish what the author intended. Jonathan's grief (albeit a stunned, angry grief) at his brother's death is understandable, as is his desire to find out who is responsible for that death - Ryan couldn't possibly have merely fallen, right? The "investigation" is a mix of funny, inept and confused, all totally believable. I enjoyed meeting Cassie and Tristan, but Harry and Alistair were a bit stereotyped.

It's the insertion of the pact he makes with Jesus Jackson that doesn't quite work. Jesus, much like minor devils, agrees to a pact of sorts with various people, in this case helping Jonathan find 100% faith in nothing. The discussions they have are fine, but the ending discussion seemed rushed and a bit confusing. I'm not sure I bought it, and doubt the intended readers will either.

ARC provided by publisher.

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