by Finley Brown
“Found” by Finley Brown is one of those books that I couldn’t put down once I started reading it, and after I finished it I needed to wait a couple of days before I could write the review. I just kind of had to let it settle, if you know what I mean. This is the second book in ‘The Watch’ series but I never read the first one, so I can attest to the fact that you can read this as a standalone and totally follow it. It was so good that I’m definitely going to get and read the first in the series.
There’s a lot I’d like to say about this story, but I also want to be very careful to not risk spoiling it for you. There are numerous twists and turns that took me by surprise, which is usually hard to do. Charlotte is in the wrong place at the wrong time while on an escape from America to Scotland. She left America because she was fleeing an unwanted marriage. As a result of an unwitting mistake she makes, she witnesses a double murder. Now fleeing the scene of the crime, Charlotte is found and abducted by the killer whose murderous attacks she saw with her own eyes. His name is Sinclair and he tells her she must obey him so he can keep her safe. Like she’d be dumb enough to believe a murderer is going to keep her safe from some mysterious and worse danger! When she manages to figure out how to get away from him, Charlotte ends up in the clutches of someone who makes Sinclair seem like a Saint. Some of the things that Charlotte suffers in this book are truly horrific. I don’t want share more than that about it all, and I only say that so you’ll be at least a little prepared. I thought it was kind of mind-blowing. Oh, did I mention that skilled theft and forgery of fine art is also involved in this story?
This book contains storylines with art and savagery, folklore and myth, sin and redemption, betrayal and loyalty, survival and triumph. There’s a hidden underworld of evil forces. There’s also a secret society of crusaders for good. There are forced vows and vows made with sincerity. There’s some intense physical intimacy that deepens in nature as the story progresses. Secondary characters throughout the book are excellent. Charlotte and Sinclair have a satisfying conclusion to their particular storyline, but a bigger story will be continuing in the next book of the series. Personally, I can’t wait to read what comes next!