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The Aura – Book Review

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This is the first book in the Kate Benedict series by Carrie Bedford, which I found for sale on Amazon.

Kate is a young architect in London that gains the ability to see people auras which foretells that they are going to die. I was not a fan of the beginning of this book since it just jumps right in with her being injured from some sort of accident but there is no background to it. It’s like when you miss the first 15 minutes of a movie and you are trying to figure out who people are and what is going on. Not a great way to start a book. As the story progresses, Kate does her best to convince those around her of her new ability. As can be expected, she’s not really believed and when a friend of hers dies she starts to investigate it on her own. I couldn’t connect with Kate’s character, she comes across as a flake and emotionally unstable. She’s constantly drinking, crying or skipping out on her job that it’s amazing she finds out anything. Kate’s constant guilt and depression bring the whole story down and her amateur sleuthing skills are cringe  worthy.  The premise is a good one, what would you do if you suddenly had the ability to know beforehand that someone is going to die? But the story is poorly written with a weak lead character so what should have been a good read, turns into a bore and forgettable book.

There are 3 other books in this series, but I will not be reading any others. This was not a quick or easy read since I was not invested in the story or characters and it would be a waste of time and money to read any others.

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