Review: The Shamshine Blind

The Shamshine Blind
The Shamshine Blind by Paz Pardo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Sunshine always made my mind and body feel more welcome in the world. Like there was plenty of space for everything.”

The premise of this story was fascinating to me: a blend of mystery and science fiction and alternate-history. I loved the idea of emotions being used as weapons. I loved so much about this story and I was intrigued about so many of the details around the alternate history. I liked the characters and the mystery was twisty and interesting in its own way.

Alas, I think it really could have benefited from a good editor. The pacing was off, for me. Sometimes too slow and other times it was hard to understand what was happening. That made it a slog for me to get through the story and made me want to skim large swaths.

I still really liked the premise and am glad I read it.

with gratitude to netgalley and Atria Books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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