This review was done for me by Maggie, here is what she had to say;
‘Twenty-six-year-old Lily Robinson has her dream job in a museum, a great boyfriend, and is happy with her life – until the day she starts seeing red threads growing out of the chests of those around her.
That same day Lily meets a stranger who seems to know her and understand what she is seeing. Lily doesn’t believe him when he says she has a special ability, and it’s only when he saves her life that she accepts something very strange is happening to her.
Lily’s life is rapidly turned upside-down when she gets thrown into the world of fate and meets the beings who influence it.
Can she learn to control her ability to help herself and those around her who need it most?
Will she actually want to when she finds out what she has to do?’
Red Threads by Stacey J. Mitchell starts off feeling very much like a good modern fiction novel. We meet Lily, 26, who seems to have it all – a job she’s passionate about, a boyfriend (Nick) who loves her, and a best friend (Georgia) who is always on hand to share a cocktail and some gossip. Buy Lily has some problems too – the museum where she works is under threat of closure, her parents aren’t getting along, and it seems as if Nick will never come around to the idea of marriage.
Then things really begin to unravel for Lily when a migraine triggers a latent ability to see people’s fate lines – the eponymous ‘red threads’, which connect everyone to the most important person in their lives. Then she meets Aver, a Fateliner sent to help her harness her new talent to help herself and those around her realise their fates.
What I really like about Red Threads is the realness of the relationships in it. The opening chapter of a girly night in with Lily and Georgia was so spot on that it had me pining for a night on the sofa with my best friend and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. And it’s the same with Georgia’s relationships with Nick, her parents, even her boss and other colleagues at work. These all feel like rounded relationships with their ups-and-downs, which is key because the fate lines are defined by the relationships.
The character of Lily truly grows throughout the story as she accepts her gift and begins to untangle the threads and fight her demons. Not just metaphorical ones either – it seems the world is beset by evil creatures who try to steer people away from their true fate so that they can feed off of the unrealised potential. These demons reminded me of The Silence from Doctor Who or The Gentlemen from Buffy – silent, omnipotent and very terrifying.
This is Stacey J Mitchell’s first novel, and it has nicely blended modern fiction with a fantasy element. I look forward to finding out more about the world of the Fateliners in the implied follow up novel(s).
To grab your own copy of the novel here is the link for the book;
And here is the kindle version;
Thank you very much to Stacey for allowing us to review her book and thank you to Maggie for reading and reviewing for me.