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Two plot lines: one great, one meh
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017
At the culmination of one of this book's twin plot lines, (the plot-line for which this book was named,) ONCE AGAIN Briggs relies far too heavily on the cheap motif of Mind Control, AND Mercy's lost time due to her having her mind controlled.
The first time, in book 3, it was new for Briggs and she wrote it with horrific beauty that fit with the far deeper message/issue of date-rape. (For which I've praised Briggs in the highest possible terms for having the courage to raise such a challenging and important topic in the public awareness.)
With it also being used in the previous book in the series in the very same manner as in this book, (to save time and pages,) the continuing use of mind control and memory subsequent time-loss of such a such a beautifully strong female lead has long begun to feel LAME, TIRED, and like so much Deus ex Machina crutch to help Briggs write herself out of a corner or otherwise TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT.
The saving grace for this book is the plot-line That deals with the Pack and Mercy's relationship with Adam. That plot-line feels like Briggs at her best.
The Pack plot-line feels fresh, alive, immediate, and like we're dealing with real, living people making real, living choices -- people who just happen to also be the most respectfully imagines werewolves I've ever read.
If you can slog through a lame, filler plot-line to enjoy the good stuff in the other, concurrent plot-line, you'll enjoy this book.