Title: A Tracker’s Tale
Published: 1st March 2018
Author: Karen Avizur
Welcome to the strange and perilous world of Katherine Colebrook: FBI special agent, Los Angeles… Trackers Division.
In Katherine’s world, werewolves, vampires, púcas, and other parasapien species – forced for centuries by human fear and prejudice to live at the fringes of society – have finally come out of hiding to demand their rightful place alongside us. It’s a fragile co-existence, fraught with mutual distrust: a new social contract for which the rules are still evolving. And when those rules break down – usually when a parasapien begins preying on humans – that’s when the Trackers step in. It’s their job to hunt them down and stop them by any means necessary.
Within this elite unit, Katherine Colebrook is one of the best. Her psychic abilities made her a natural for the Trackers Division, allowing her to move between the parasapien and human worlds in ways that no other agent could. But Katherine’s calling hasn’t come without struggle and losses along the way. As a single mother, she must contend with her teenage daughter, Alexandra, who not only shares Katherine’s psychic abilities, but seems determined to follow the same dangerous path as her mother.
And so, when Katherine’s latest assignment threatens to bring that danger too close home, she finds herself faced with the toughest challenge of her career: Can she protect her daughter’s life, while battling a ruthless adversary who’ll stop at nothing to destroy her?
Get ready to dive into the strange and intriguing world of trackers and the supernatural beings they track.
Katherine is a psychic tracker working for the FBI who tracks parasapien species who step out of line. We are first introduced to her, and her abilities, when she is called in to look at a young autistic girl brought in by police to a hospital. With her abilities she can see that Rebecca was told to run by her brother for her own safety before he was murdered. Also that she has psychic abilities herself. It seems that a vampire was after her and Katherine will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
The story then sort of has a ‘month in the life of’ vibe throughout, jumping from one scenario to the next in Katherine’s life. Not really one linear story pushing you forward but rather you are following the cases and lives that get interlinked together from Katherine being a tracker. More interconnecting than most books I’ve read. You have random characters and small sub-plots being brought in and out as footnotes from the perils of her job. A way of pushing the story forward without getting bogged down with everybody’s backstory. Good really as they disappear just as quick as they appeared in the first place.
Like mother, like daughter it seems. Alexandra might only be sixteen but she is just as capable of taking care of herself. She sees herself as a protector of others, like her mum, but the thought of putting herself in danger scares Katherine to no end. She wants a different life for her but can see her eventually following in her footsteps with the need to help others using her own gift. They are all going to need their gifts to keep one step ahead of danger that follows.
Interesting read but did find it a bit too descriptive in places with setting the scene. When you know someone is coming, that there’s danger or intrigue, you kind of want the story to pick up the pace.
3 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.