long book!

River - India R. Adams
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book direct from the author. This is book 2 in the Stranger in The Woods series, and you really MUST read Rain, book one first. I really enjoyed that one. This one?? Not so much. Mostly because this book is LONG!!! Rose had her baby, Rain right at the end of book one. This one is about the run up to River's birth. Ryder is River's father. It is again written first person, present tense, multi point of view, mostly Rose and Ryder, with some Gunner and a few other, less savoury characters, but it is right that they have a say. And it bothered me more here, than in Rain, the present tense thing, and I've no idea WHY! There is a huge chunk of the book that was kinda...trippy....for want of a better word. When Rose and Rain are kidnapped by King and are dwelling in another plane, I got lost. There are two or three names for the same body that is inhabited by King. Sometimes his speech is in italics, and sometimes not. I'm still not entirely sure about the past life thing between King and Rose! There is, I think, a MUCH bigger picture that still isn't clear for these characters, and sometimes that's a good thing but here?? I'm thinking not so much. I have no idea, not a single clue, where this story is going, and I felt that right down to my bones as I was reading. I began to skim far far more than usual, and that is never a good thing. I did, however, read this book in one single sitting, and it ain't no novella, let me tell ya! Not sure how many pages it is, but it took me 5 hours! So it kept me mostly engaged, except the trippy bit which was confusing to say the least! So, because I read it in one go, because everyone who needed to has a say, and because I really do need to know where this is going... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**