Speak to Our Desires, by Brenda Clough

I received this book as an Early Reviewer on LibraryThing.

Speak To Our Desires by B. W. CloughEllie, a young blonde model, hires a detective to find her missing mother. Sounds like a promising start. Indeed, when I started this book I thought it would be a good detective story. Especially when it became clear that Ellie, and her missing mother, Ruby, have supernatural powers: they can sense what other people desired.

But very quickly, the book turns boring. The plot moves between the past and the present, to give us the background for Ellie’s present condition. However, the present doesn’t really evolve into much. The detective falls in love with this complicated woman (half his age) and fulfills the task for which he was hired, but then the story goes nowhere. The characters are complicated but not engaging. The ending is bizarre. And the underlying twist – the ability of the women to see others’ desires – doesn’t really add much to the book.

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