Book Review: Catharsis by Noorilhuda


A story with potential.

This novel centres on a police detective, Aurora Fox and her determined efforts in solving the mystery of the abduction of ten-year-old, Daniel Logan. Enters Maxwell Caine, an elderly stranger, who appears to know more about the case than expected. With Caine’s help, Aurora finds Daniel still alive but heavily traumatised by constant physical and sexual abuse. Aurora’s priority, now, is to uncover the mastermind of the operation.

Noorilhuda’s story line, I found not too bad. At times, I even wondered what would happen next. However, there were sections of unnecessary narrative [e.g. the overly detailed news reports], incorrect punctuation and grammatical errors.

What I had the most difficulty with were the characters, particularly the main character, Aurora Fox. I found her to be insufferably angry, rude and twisted. Yes, I do discover why she is like this, and it is a plausible reason. But a main character devoid of any redeeming qualities, I find unlikeable and difficult to relate with.

In fact, I found the entire book filled with too many angry, damaged characters, graphically abused children and sad, pathetic marriages. If there were any happy characters in the book, they had been swallowed by the misery of the others.
With a heavy story such as this, a little light-hearted balance gives the reader breathing space.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.

3/5 stars.

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