Novel: The Finder
Author: J.E Lorin
Genres: Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Part of Book Series: The Finder (#1)
Summary: At the age of sixteen, August Goodson developed a strange and mysterious power overnight: he can find people. Victims of murder, suicide, kidnapping, accidents, and rape; August can find them all, usually dead, but sometimes still alive. Nine years later finds August volunteering his services to the police. He’s still smarting from the loss of his long-time love Dante, who cheated on him with his best friend, and harbors a deep crush on the incredibly handsome, and oh-so-straight, Detective Luke Williams. But there are bigger concerns on August’s mind: a serial killer is loose in the city, one whose victims are a little too much like him for comfort. When August finds a living victim who may be one of the serial killer’s, he’s drawn even deeper into the case. Will he make it out alive, or will he soon be the one in need of finding?
Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.
This is one of the books that I have read multiple times. It was a story about a courageous young man who used his ability for the greater good when most people would see it as a curse. The main character, August, admitted that he had denied his ability for some time before he decided to embrace it, despite the impact it had on his life. He lost the people he cared for because of it, but eventually it brought him closer to the people who really mattered.
The unique thing about this book was instead of August just seeing ghosts, he also possessed the ability to sense the whereabouts of crime victims, hence, making him The Finder. It somewhat reminded me of the scene from Tru Calling where the dead body suddenly opened their eyes and scare the hell out of you with their parting words.
August’s involvement with the police was also something that I liked because you always need backup when dealing with dead people. It was an added bonus when one of the detectives assigned as a support was good looking and had the hots for him. There were a lot of questions built around the crime they were trying to solve and when matters got too close to home, the suspense intensified and it kept me glued to the book until the end.
What I wished could have been better was how the ending was written. A lot of it was “explained” in a long winding narration. It was as if the author couldn’t be bothered to come up with scenes for it and just let August clear away what happened to all the people connected to him. I noticed that this was the author’s writing style, so not much can be done about it. But story-wise, I really loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone who are not particular about writing styles.
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