(TWO GRAVES is a short novella, about 70 pages. It is volume #1 in Zoe Kalo’s psychological suspense “Retribution” series of standalone novellas centered on the theme of revenge and a famous work of literature, in this case Dante’s Inferno.)
A Dante-ish descent through a sinister world of decadent shadows and woeful souls…
Seven years ago, he shattered her life. The town eventually forgot the headlines and the nightmares. But 23-year old music student Angelica hasn’t forgotten.
For the past seven years, she’s contemplated payback with as much intensity and unwavering faith as she puts into her violin playing. Finally, all the pieces are in place. Over the course of one night, disguised for a masquerade ball, Angelica orchestrates a journey of revenge.
It has always been my belief that an important characteristic of a good story is one that is capable of capturing the reader’s attention from the start and keep them engaged until the end. Two Graves by Zoe Kalo was such a story. My curiosity was peaked from the first page. I couldn’t wait to discover what was the reason behind Angelica’s quest for revenge and what the outcome would be.
The story was told solely from Angelica’s POV. It was narrated alternately between the past and the present with both views combining to form a complete narrative. I had no problem with the story being presented in this manner. As a matter of fact, it helped me to get a better understanding as to how she came to be travelling this path.
As the story progressed the motive behind Angelica’s quest for revenge became clear. The manner and the location which she chose to enact her revenge were interesting, to say the least. In the process of trying to accomplish her task, she encountered some weird and creepy events. Events, which had her questioning what was real and what was not. She has waited seven years for this moment, she would not let anything prevent her from carrying out her mission. Will Angelica succeed in her quest?
The story focused mainly on Angelica and her intended target. The information provided as it related to the other characters was minimal, therefore making it near to impossible for me to relate them. I guess that the length of the story had a part to play where this was concerned. Despite there not being sufficient information about the supporting characters, I believe the author achieved her goal, which was to have her readers engrossed in the heroine’s journey and to understand her state of mind both in the past and the present.
Verdict: This was an interesting read and I can’t wait to see what next the author has in store with this series.
I received a copy from the author. The opinions expressed above are based on my honest view and is in no way influenced by any form of compensation.
About Author Zoe Kalo
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…
A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir. She is the author of the YA fantasy series CULT OF THE CAT.