Kathryn M. Hearst
Twelve Spirits of Christmas is Kathryn M. Hearst’s second novel about Tessa Lamar, a Cherokee woman who uses her psychic abilities to assist the Orange County Police Department. In this adventure, Tessa is trying to unravel the mystery of a dangerous serial killer who uses lyrics from the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to choose his victims. It isn’t as easy as she would have hoped, especially while managing a hectic jumble of colorful family members, a steamy romance, and her newfound mystical abilities. Her time is limited, though, and she must race to catch the killer before he has a chance to finish the carol.
Twelve Spirits of Christmas is an odd mix of things that don’t usually go together (Cherokee folklore, crime drama, and Christmas, to name the obvious ones). It’s a little difficult to wrap your head around in the beginning; for a good amount of the novel, the plot seemed to be all over the place. Thankfully, as the story progressed, it did begin to be easier to follow.
Once you get past the oddness of the plot, Twelve Spirits of Christmas is actually an excellent book. Kathryn M. Hearst’s characters are simultaneously believable and extraordinary, which made them very entertaining to read about. Her style of writing is full of imagery and quirkiness, while still maintaining the sense of suspense and mystery that keeps pages turning. Twelve Spirits of Christmas is a bit different, to be sure, but it is definitely a great read.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.