Palmetto Book Reviews Nov 24, 2012
The Woman on Pritchard Street by jd young is a supernatural thriller. You are taken through the life of Simon Gautreux, who is a struggling photographer, writer, and so much more.
It begins with a terrifying incident Simon experiences, the events of which become a major part of the story-line throughout the rest of the book. A short amount of time later you follow Simon to his home town, which he had completely abandoned many years before -- following the death of his mother. This is where you meet 'The Woman on Prichard Street'. He had been sent to take photographs of her and any people she encountered. Simon came to find out he had known her, Grace, in his adolescence and she was now involved with some...supernatural happenings.
The story moves to Simon and Grace falling in love, but they can only be together for a high price. Grace's former love, Mel, becomes a central figure in their lives, blackmailing and forcing Simon to do his bidding. There are many big players involved in this lycan/vampiric scheme, going so high up as to involve the White House and Vatican. In the end, after all of the abuse Simon takes from Mel and Daphne (a former employer and friend) he comes into his own form of power and is able to turn the tables and shake things up. My favorite part of the book is when Simon calls the meeting between himself, Daphne and Mel to "set them straight", in a sense.
Young does a very good job telling a well-rounded story; giving you bits and pieces, hints of connections here and there, but not enough for you to figure things out until he wants you to. I very much enjoyed this book, it takes an almost refreshing look on vampires, compared to more recent popular views... Overall, the book is well written and I greatly enjoyed the story and all of the characters in it. I look forward to reading more from Young and I hope this is only the beginning of Simon's story!