Review: The Color of Angels’ Souls – Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian.

angelsI read so many books that finding a synopsis that seems individual and interesting on its own is becoming quite rare. It usually sounds like something else, or hat tips other authors. But with The Color of Angels’ Souls, I thought it was really promising.

Jeremy is a 23 year old who is deemed a financial whizz. Setting up his own business at 20, he made his first million in the click of a finger and never really stopped. Until he was violently murdered.

As he passes over, he realises that the afterlife is not a definite, but something one must struggle to survive in. Angels feed of human emotions, provoking humans to feel hate, love, joy, sadness, fear and compassion purely to feed. They can influence people’s feelings without ever being seen, but this provocation is the key to their own survival.

Attempting to solve his own murder, he follows a beautiful twenty-year-old who bore witness to his death. He watches her 24/7 in time and starts to fall in love, but it turns out the killer is also following her, looking to take out the only witness.

I thought, that is a plot I would like to read. The idea of being able to influence a situation you are completely outwith, people who will never really see you again, the mystery of a crime, the fact that death is not peace but another level of survival.

And it just kind of clunked along. The Blue and Red (positive/negative emotioned) cliques didn’t bring all that much, other than added jeopardy for Jeremy and his decisions, but that just didn’t really stick.

It had such a strong premise, but with changes in POV or fantasy elements stretching a bit too far to be ‘believable’, it felt too obvious that problems were being found. The dialogue didn’t redeem it either, feeling equally clunky and unexciting. The policemen (I think it was policemen?) talking about Jeremy post-death was assumedly meant to be funny, but stands as a key example of it not quite working.

High expectations, but… sigh.

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Pub: 4th Mar 2014 | Open Road Integrated Media

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