Kay Camden’s Unquiet was another PennedCon find for the QueenBee and I. It was the striking cover that caught my attention and motivated me to approach her author table. Kay was very pleasant to visit with and quickly sold me on checking out her first book in the Unquiet Series, a paranormal thriller based on Native American legends and set in southern Missouri. Bonus, it is currently available for free on .
The first thing that caught my attention was that the main character in Unquiet, Mick, is a 20-something, working class mechanic who also holds down a second job in a convenience store to help support his single-mother sister and her three kids, whom he adores. While male protagonists are commonly seen in literature, it is not so common in paranormal, romance stories. Mick is a really likable, down-to-earth guy and it’s easy to empathize with his struggles. His life is this never ending slog, between work and sleep, to make ends meet until he encounters Sarah/Waapikoona, who is mysterious and trouble and flips Mick’s life on its head. The dichotomy of these two and their “stories” makes for a fascinating connection and the lead-in to an enthralling tale.
I loved Unquiet. It was a change of pace for me from the paranormal romances I’m used to reading. I also enjoyed delving into a book whose setting is in familiar territory. I live in Missouri and have been in the caves in the Ozarks, visited the Cahokia Mounds, and frequent St. Louis (plug – its also the host city for PennedCon). The best part of Unquiet is that the great characters and Missouri setting are part of a totally captivating but full of surprises thriller. You will not want to put this book down once you start. This is the first installment in a series so the story does not end, but there is enough resolution to leave the reader satisfied to wait for the next book.