The Hum and the Shiver
by Alex Bledsoe (2011)
The Sword & Laser June 2017 Pick.
Private Bronwyn Hyatt returns from Iraq wounded in body and in spirit, only to face the very things that drove her away in the first place: her family, her obligations to the Tufa, and her dangerous ex-boyfriend. But more trouble lurks in the mountains and hollows of her childhood home. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless “haint” lurks nearby, waiting to reveal Bronwyn’s darkest secrets. Worst of all, Bronwyn has lost touch with the music that was once a vital part of her identity.
There is no doubt that Alex Bledsoe can write, the prose flows with and understated style. Characters are realistic, although flawed. No Mary Sue’s here.
It starts OK, Hyatt returns to her home and integrates back into her family. Nothing much happens. Then around 30% through, romance elements enter the story. This was supposed to be a fantasy, but without any fantastical element, interest fades and soon I lost interest.