Premonitions by Jamie Schultz
(Description nicked from B&N.com.)
“TWO MILLION DOLLARS…
“It’s the kind of score Karyn Ames has always dreamed of—enough to set her crew up pretty well and, more important, enough to keep her safely stocked on a very rare, very expensive black market drug. Without it, Karyn hallucinates slices of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibilities yet to come.
The client behind the heist is Enoch Sobell, a notorious crime lord with a reputation for being ruthless and exacting—and a purported practitioner of dark magic. Sobell is almost certainly condemned to Hell for a magically extended lifetime full of shady dealings. Once you’re in business with him, there’s no backing out.
Karyn and her associates are used to the supernatural and the occult, but their target is more than just the usual family heirloom or cursed necklace. It’s a piece of something larger. Something sinister.
Karyn’s crew and even Sobell himself are about to find out just how powerful it is–and how powerful it may yet become.”
This book took a long time to really pull me in, and usually, a book that doesn’t hook me fairly quickly is one that I put down. Something about this one kept me reading, though. As I got started, I found the characters interesting, but the action seemed kind of muddled and haphazard. It didn’t help that there are at least five point of view characters in the novel, and that sometimes the POV changes mid-chapter. If you’re not paying attention, it can be confusing until you figure out whose head you’re supposed to be inside.
But slowly, the story drew me in. The action started to come together and make sense, and I could clearly see a goal down the road. The characters’ motivations became clearer and I started to care about them more. And then about halfway through, there was a twist that threw everything into a barrel roll and pushed the action into high gear. It’s not a twist that confuses readers, it’s one that does a lot to tie everything together and get everyone started moving towards the endgame.
The character I was drawn to the most was Karyn. She reminded me a little of Alex Verus from the novels by Benedict Jacka, but not as powerful. Her visions are less frequent, and often couched in metaphor and symbolism, making it hard to tell what they mean. The more often she gets them, the more difficult they become to sort out, as images and sensations overlap and overwhelm her. I got invested in rooting for her to hold on long enough to pull off the job in the finale.
Premonitions was an unexpected pleasure that developed from a shaky start. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for a sequel, because I’d love to know what happens to Karyn and her crew down the line.