The Seventh Life of Aline Lloyd
Release date: July 11th, 2019
… In my opinion, it’s a well-written character-driven mystery which slowly unravels…
From two-time IPPY-award-winning author Robert Davies comes a genre-defying tale of mind control and reincarnation.
When Evan Morgan’s brother Damon dies suddenly, Evan is shocked to learn he left him an inheritance, leaving him instantly wealthy and the owner of his country farm. Traveling to North Wales seems to be a formality: attend the reading of the will, pick up and dispose of any valuables, and head back home.
But everything changes when he arrives in Denbighshire and meets his new neighbor, the alluring and mysterious Aline Lloyd. Suddenly, staying doesn’t seem like such a bad idea, especially since the ancient grounds surrounding his new home feel as if they are calling to him to stay.
As the details of Damon’s death become even more bizarre, Evan is slowly drawn deeper into the growing mystery surrounding Aline. Who is she? Where is she from? What is she hiding?
Consumed, Evan is determined to learn her secret.
But some mysteries are better left undiscovered…because something is coming to his quiet valley. And it’s looking for Aline.
Although not really what I expected I still enjoyed The Seventh Life of Aline Lloyd. Slow-paced, this is more of a memoir told from Evan’s point of view, as we follow his life after the death of his brother and inheriting his estate in Wales. In my opinion, it’s a well-written character-driven mystery which slowly unravels, first with Evan trying to get to the bottom of his brother Damon’s unusual and concerning behaviour before his death. Then Evan’s obsession of uncovering the truth of who Aline Lloyd really is and what secrets lie behind her intense personality seems to take centre stage. Although it has a touch of the paranormal, basically a reincarnation story, to me it reads more like a romantic mystery. It does pick up when an elite agency chases after Aline but sadly the action is short lived.
All in all, not a bad book but I think the cover although well done, is the most misleading thing for readers. It’s dark and lends an impression of a darker more paranormal infused story. I guess this is a good example of when a cover can be misleading and garner a negative impression on an otherwise decent story.