Book Review : Cloak and Dagger (The IMA, #1) by Nenia Campbell
Book: Cloak and Dagger (The IMA, #1)
Author: Nenia Campbell
Plot: Michael Boutilier is a young assassin working for a mysterious organization of mercenaries called the IMA; an organization so powerful that government denies its existence. When a hacker breaks into their computer’s mainframe, they send Michael out to finish off the loose ends. But so far, there’s just one lead to go on. The hacker’s daughter, Christina Parker who is plunged into a world where the lines between right and wrong are blurred beyond all recognition and terror knows no bounds. What do you do when the odds are against you, and the stake is your life?
Fighting against the current
The book seemed to be really fighting against the current and very strongly because the plot is raging a war against the cliché stories revolving around Stockholm syndromes and strongly declaring that no I will not behave like all other Stockholm syndrome books when in fact it is by default falling into the same track and hence Cloak and Dagger is caught up in a giant storm, trying to find its way out of it
Cloak and Dagger to me started exactly the way any Stockholm syndrome book goes and I thought I knew I could predict what was going to happen which being the abducted falling for its abductor’s charm but that is where what I said above comes true. The author must have said that since the readers would be expecting the abducted fall in love I will change and not let the abducted fall in love. Voila !! New story. Unfortunately nope! It only adds further layer of confusion
The book on its natural course is falling for the typical Stockholm syndrome but the author is trying hard to steer it from that lane and it comes painfully evident as to how much the author is struggling to keep it in track so she tries to drive into different lane with the book and that being a thriller and an on the run story which again falls flat because you are travelling in two different plot theories and not knowing what to take away from the book
There are places where when things that should link together various pieces of the story, seems missing and then there are quite a few editorial mistakes too in the book
To talk about characters, male central character Michael is a very vague figure for me simply because the author was making him do things forcefully and not making much sense while I would applaud for the female character, Christina as she is behaving exactly the way that she should be in the situations provided to her. Neither acting too brave to uphold the baton of feminism or too stupid and naïve to make our hero look good
The book lacks a clear path for its plot and because of which in spite of a good narration and language the book was struggling to come out effectively. The book is not as bad as my review is making it out to be but just that an important ingredient is missing in the book that should have made all the difference.
The book according to me needed a more deeper reasoning. As the plot currently is unable to decide for itself whether it should be another tale on Stockholm syndrome or a plain on the run thriller. The problem is that in order to bring out a book that would go against the usual norm of Stockholm syndrome, the author kind of missed out on bringing out a convincing angle on the core plot which further reaps chaos in the book as you don’t know what to make from the book