As treasure hunters, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen are used to having all sorts of adventures, but nothing could have prepared them for their new mission in Japan: looking for two swords and a knife that once belonged to Prince Dai Ngami. In their quest to find the lost treasure, they will face Buddhist monks, yakuza, a geisha, ghosts, sharks and a host of different dangers. If they fail the repercussions could be disastrous, but will they succeed in preventing the worst natural disaster in Japan’s history?
Buried Threads by Kaylin McFarren is the second book in the Thread series, after Severed Threads which introduced us to Rachel and Chase. In this new book, the story is certainly original and full of adventure. In addition, the Japanese culture described in Buried Threads is fascinating, and I learned a lot about the worlds of the yakuza and geishas. However, some action scenes were confusing because details were missing in descriptions. I’m thinking in particular of the moment right before Yuki, Rachel and Chase enter the Kofun tomb. The action going on in this scene wasn’t clear, and the smoke seemed to miraculously disappear from the cave. In addition, some of the plot lines were a bit far-fetched, especially the fact that Shinzo, the Buddhist monk who hired Rachel and Chase, seemed to appear whenever the main characters needed him. I also thought that the erotic scenes distracted the reader from the adventure and mystery. Finally, spelling mistakes throughout the book could have been avoided with a bit more editing.
While Buried Threads is an entertaining read for people who love adventure and action, the book has some flaws that could have been prevented. Let’s hope that the next installment in the series, Banished Threads, will be better.
Buried Threads by Kaylin McFarren was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
Fun facts about the author:
- Kaylin McFarren’s real name is Linda Yoshida. She comes from an Irish background, and her husband is Japanese.
- The author used to be a director of a fine art gallery.
- Her husband’s uncle was a member of the yakuza.
- Kaylin McFarren is a fan of Dan Brown, Jodi Picoult, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Mitch Albom, James Patterson and Jane Austen.
About the author and her work: Kaylin McFarren’s website
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