“Nowhere is the place where one gets repeat chances at life. You don’t get to live the same life, but if no one solves the mystery of how you died, you get thirteen opportunities to complete an assignment and move beyond Nowhere.”
I received this as an advanced reader copy from Smith Publicity for an honest review.
When expecting a historical thriller, I was wildly surprised with the story of Theodosia Burr Alston. Theo as she prefers to be called is the daughter of Aaron Burr. Theo is in her own form of “Nowhere” with a guide that helps her focus on a mission without revealing too much. Her mission is to help a cadet at West Point, Richard, avoid returning to his spy background. Her mission is led astray when she seeks vengeance for her father and son’s death. She blames General Wilkinson, who turns out to be recruiting Richard under an alias of “George.” The fact that General and George are the same person was little shock to me. Also, Meriwether Lewis makes an appearance to find Wilkinson and saves Theo when she least expects it. The book ends with many unanswered questions.
I think the concept of “Nowhere” is the best part of this book, the concept that we stay around if our death is a mystery. I like when an author creates a new concept, but I was very disappointed in the lack of actual historic detail. I did not learn anything new, and I questioned if the characters really had relationships with one another or if she was making it fit for the story. I did read the acknowledgements which begins “this isn’t a history book,” but I hoped for some historical take away. Also, the author needs to describe the background of the characters, because the book takes off without any explanation. I will not be reading any additional books in the series to answer my questions, but I will do some research on Meriwether Lewis, Aaron Burr, and Richard Colvin Cox who did disappear from West Point.
If you’re looking for a historical fantasy adventure thriller, then this is the book for you. It is light on the history, but heavy on the fantasy adventure.