Book: Compulsion by Martina Boone
Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: October 28th, 2014
Date Started: September 22nd, 2015
Date Finished: September 27th, 2015
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
This is one of those reviews that I’m unsure of how to write because quite honestly, I’m still not sure how I feel about this book.
One thing that drew me to this book was the setting. I’m a sucker for books that are set in the old south on vast sprawling plantations. I loved studying the civil war in college and have always wanted to visit some of the locations. Needless to say, Boone did a fantastic job of writing the setting. I loved the way that the Watson plantation was described- the way that it was falling apart, the way that it was alive.
I don’t know what I was expecting with this book. When I went into it, all I knew was that it was set on a plantation and that there was some sort of paranormal element. At first, the book was a little slow. But as soon as I got the pacing down, I could relax into the story and just enjoy it. However, around the 50% mark, I was wishing for the story to pick up. I wanted more action. More answers to all the mysteries. All the action and answers come at you within the last quarter of the book. So if you feel like the story is going too slow, it picks up. I promise.
I really liked the characters in this book. The personalities all varied from being sweet and innocent to cold and calculating. I loved all the families’ histories, their interactions, and how everything came to be cursed. I loved the rich history.
I wished the story had picked up a bit sooner. There were still a lot of mysteries left unsolved and a lot of build up to those mysteries, but I’m going to assume they will be resolved in the sequel, Persuasion, which comes out at the end of the month.
This was a quick read and there were a lot of elements that I really enjoyed. I recommend this one if you love mysteries tinged with some paranormal elements.