by Delilah S. Dawson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
on August 5, 2014
A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her. But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined. As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.
Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself
Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson caught my eye with its creepy cover and synopsis. Dawson takes us to Savannah Georgia after Hurricane Josephine and through the eyes of Carly; we reawaken to discover something sinister arrived with that storm. Servants of the Storm is an atmospheric Gothic tale with a slow-building mystery that hooks its claws into you.
The story begins a year after Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah Georgia ravaging the city and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Even heavily medicated Dovey starts seeing things that are not quite right and in a moment of clarity makes the decision to stop taking her pills. As the fog lifts Dovey steps into a living nightmare. She needs help and reaches out to her childhood friend Baker and a sexy, older man named Isaac. The tale that unfolds is chilling, quirky and straight from Burton’s nightmares.
The characters are strange and intriguing and while at no time did I adore them I sure as heck admired them. As Dovey’s head clears from the fog, we find a tenacious, headstrong, loyal friend who isn’t afraid to hunt down clues and find answers. Baker is sweet and while not fleshed out his loyalty to Dovey and their childhood friend Carly makes him lovable. Isaac is a mystery man, and a charmer. He held my attention; I loved peeling back his layers. Ooo the villains in this tale could be the result of Tim Burton and Stephen King chatting over coffee. Creepy, part fantasy and part paranormal they will make you shiver. While I did not love this story, and still question it, I felt compelled to read and was never sure as Dovey and the others were unreliable narrators.
Servants of the Storm has aspects of fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy and a touch of horror. Southern Gothic and atmospheric Dawson slowly takes us into this world through Dovey’s eyes. The tale unfolds at a pleasant pace notching up the tension and suspense as we go. Things would heat up and have me biting my lips, and then the scene would end, and I would release my breath as Dawson begins all again. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this story is the beautiful, descriptive writing. Dawson’s depiction of the storm and aftermath brought it all to life. She vividly described the villains and climatic scenes in such a way that I was there in its midst. The ending is good, and bad kind of like how horror movies end. Yep. *pulls out hair*
If you are looking for a unique southern gothic tale that will have you thinking then grab Servants of the Storm. Dawson provided a creepy atompshirc tale that kept me engaged and left me pondering.