Wednesday, June 10

Review: Gypsy Cradle by Andrea Drew


Gypsy Cradle

Gypsy Shields, #2
Andrea Drew


Genre: Psychic Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Andrea Drew
Date of Publication: April 27, 2015
Number of pages: 249



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Eleven months after saving herself from an obsessed killer with the help of her new boyfriend Connor, Gypsy’s peace is disturbed again by a strange vision. Accompanied by a rocking cradle, an eerie little girl named Isabella tells Gypsy that Connor’s niece Christie is in danger from someone she trusts.

But Christie isn’t ready to listen to Gypsy’s warning—a consequence of the choices Gypsy had to make to save herself from a killer in Christie and Connor’s own family. Trying to rescue her regardless will strain Gypsy’s relationship with all of Christie’s loved ones, including Connor. Only the strange spirit girl, Isabella, and Gypsy’s beloved niece Renee can help her conduct a psychic investigation to find and stop a would-be killer.
I was invited to read this book by the author, since I had read and reviewed book one in this series, Gypsy Hunted.  I remember liking the book, though I had some issues with it. Mainly the inconsistencies in the character and the time sequences in the book. I am happy to report, that in this book, those problems were corrected.

This book takes place 11 months following the end of Gypsy Hunted. Gypsy and Conner are living together, but the focus of this book isn't on their relationship. It's on Connor's niece Christie and her attempted murderer. Gypsy and Conner's relationship is strained because of the consequences Gypsy takes when Christie is in the hospital.

I would have like to have found out more about Connor's gift of Sentinel. It has been hinted at and glossed over. Of course, he is in denial about his gift, so that is part of it, but it's still an unclear idea.

The time sequences were more spelled out in this book than the last. However if you aren't paying attention, you could still get confused. The story doesn't run in a strictly linear fashion. When a scene breaks with one character, in many instances time rewinds to show another. So noting the dates and times listed at the top of each section are vital to know when you are in the story.

Overall, I think this book was an improvement over the last book. It could probably be read as a stand alone, but to really understand everything that Gypsy and Conner went through to get where they are, I recommend book one first. I don't remember it being spelled out that the story is set in Australia and I would really have liked to see some more local color added to the story. As it was, it could have taken place in most any large town or small city.  I gave this book 3 stars.

Thanks to the author for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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