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Review - Bad Cree by Jessica Johns

Synopsis -

When Mackenzie wakes up with a severed crow's head in her hands, she panics. Only moments earlier she had been fending off masses of birds in a snow-covered forest. In bed, when she blinks, the head disappears.

Night after night, Mackenzie’s dreams return her to a memory from before her sister Sabrina’s untimely death: a weekend at the family’s lakefront campsite, long obscured by a fog of guilt. But when the waking world starts closing in, too—a murder of crows stalks her every move around the city, she wakes up from a dream of drowning throwing up water, and gets threatening text messages from someone claiming to be Sabrina—Mackenzie knows this is more than she can handle alone.

Traveling north to her rural hometown in Alberta, she finds her family still steeped in the same grief that she ran away to Vancouver to escape. They welcome her back, but their shaky reunion only seems to intensify her dreams—and make them more dangerous.

What really happened that night at the lake, and what did it have to do with Sabrina’s death? Only a bad Cree would put their family at risk, but what if whatever has been calling Mackenzie home was already inside?

Review -

Bad Cree opens with a bang, with the main character, Mackenzie, waking from a dream in which she brings back a severed crow's head. It was definitely a fantastic start, but it did not carry all the way through the book.

This is a story that is really well written and which contains some great imagery, but it is very much a slow burn and I found myself zoning out a little at times.

I did enjoy the supernatural element that came into play later in the book, which I won't spoil for you all, but I also felt that this part was resolved a little too quickly in comparison to the overall pace of the piece.

Still, there were definitely some elements to like here, so I'm sure some of you will love it. You can nab a copy HERE.

3.5 stars out of 5

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