The Heartreader’s Secret (The Faraday Files #3)
by Kate McIntyre
Expected publication: April 12th 2018 by Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Mystery
In a Flutter: Brilliant fun, as always!
The brilliant engineer Emilia Banks has gone missing.
Deathsniffer Olivia Faraday may be partial to solving murders, but this missing persons case is too personal to pass up — especially when all the clues lead her and her assistant, Chris, to the sprawling countryside manor where Olivia was born and raised. Their investigation reveals new insights into the political conflict raging in nearby Darrington City, but every step is fraught with mysterious deaths, suspicious stalkers, and players both new and old each harboring dangerous agendas of their own.
Are the powerful traditionalists or the anarchic reformists prowling the borders of the estate responsible for the sudden disappearance of Miss Banks? And could the elusive engineer’s private project truly change the world forever?
Worldbuilding: Oh, how I missed this world of selkies, salamanders, elementals, magic categorization, steampunk/magicpunk Tarland world! Aside Derrington we get to visit rurle Summergrove, home of Olivia, with its rich landscape.
Character: Christopher is charming as ever, though his personality is a bit eclipsed by Olivia. The fate of the sidekick, I guess. His empathy and thoughtful nature make a fabulous contrast to Olivia’s more brazen sort of whip-smart presence. It’s a bit heartbreaking to see Christopher deal with his conflicting emotions, but I felt he was stronger by the end of this novel.
Their friendly banter is fab. We get to find out more about Olivia’s past – childhood, family life. I loved exploring that part of her. She’s my fav. Her rascal ways are beyond entertaining, and her sense of style is a riot, always. Abigail and Tremaine are adorbs.
I love the diversity of this world – Maris and Emilia, Christopher and William.
Plot: The mystery is always entertaining in these novels. The disappearance of Em was very intriguing, and the investigative process was entertaining though a bit different here. The plot twist closer to the end there was really cool, and I’m dying to know what happens next in the series!
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, Christopher’s POV. The style is so delightful!! Love it to bits!!
Curb Appeal: Fab cover, hooking blurb – insta-buy for my historical UF needs.
I recommend The Heartreader’s Secret to fans of edwardian-like magicpunk world, witty and colorful characters, and lol good times.