Eleanor is an urban fantasy about a family. It deals with the parent/child relationship, particularly that between mothers and daughters. What happens when tragedy strikes and those roles are reversed? This leads to a powerfully emotional book. Jason Gurley’s strength as a writer is character and emotion.
On the converse side, the weakness of this book is the plot structure. Through much of the book Eleanor does not have strong specific-enough plot goals. She is a person to whom things happen. This is not to say that she doesn’t act – she is certainly proactive about caring for her mother – that is at the heart of the story and her character – but more specific goals to support this overall goal would have driven the story better. I’d have like to see a little more of her trying to understand and figure out what was happening to her. Once the third act hits this becomes a lot stronger, as Eleanor becomes a very proactive character.
There are supernatural elements in this book, but how and why they work is kept mostly a mystery. This actually works fairly well for this story. The characters themselves are kept mostly in the dark (both literally and figuratively as it turns out).
This book will make you fell and it will make you think. It will keep you wondering and then offer a few surprises near the end.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.