Review: Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn #2) by Kathleen Tierney

February 10, 2014 Review 2

Review: Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn #2) by Kathleen TierneyRed Delicious by Caitlin R. Kiernan, Kathleen Tierney
Series: Siobhan Quinn #2
Published by Roc on February 4, 2014
Genres: Horror, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

Siobhan Quinn is back and working a new case in the dark and satirical sequel to Blood Oranges.

Half-vampire, half-werewolf Siobhan Quinn survived her initiation into the world of demons and monsters. But staying alive as she becomes entangled in underworld politics might prove to be more difficult. When the daughter of a prominent necromancer vanishes, it's up to Quinn to find the girl. But her search will land her directly in the middle of a struggle between competing forces searching for an ancient artifact of almost unimaginable power...

Sam Spade with blood on her teeth, Quinn is the sort of fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants, ask-questions-later, non-detective detective that busts the genre wide open. Sex, violence, and mythology are all part of the story, but bent through Quinn's own one of a kind prism. This Siobhan Quinn book isn't horror or urban fantasy or mystery, but rather a horrifying, fantastical heroine who finds herself embroiled in a mystery.

As a fan of both urban fantasy and mysteries, it can be uncomfortable watching Quinn slice open tropes and play with their entrails.  An unreliable narrator who vacillates between the ugly and the uglier truth, I still found myself on her side.  Through some mysterious, profane alchemy, even though I never trusted Quinn, never felt like she was making good decisions, heck, never even felt like the moment to moment train-wreck that was this "investigation" was  building to any cohesive whole, I cared about Quinn herself.  There is something compelling about how she pokes at her own wounds, some undefinable slight of the hand that gives the sense that for every brutal, honest time Quinn lays out her flaws, and they are many, the very act of doing so makes her worth caring about.

I spent so much of RED DELICIOUS puzzling over why I like Quinn, I was blindsided by her actions at the very end.  Not the violence and risks, no, but by the personal growth I never saw coming.  Just when I thought I had figured out my fascination with this dry, profane woman, Tierney gave her a trajectory I can't resist.  I will definitely be back for book three.

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2 Responses to “Review: Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn #2) by Kathleen Tierney”

  1. Mina

    Well you managed, what I couldn’t – I read “Blood oranges” and just wasn’t able to overlook Shioban’s character. Try as I might, I couldn’t relate to her, didn’t care for what happened to her and nearly didn’t finish the book. Shiobhan just isn’t for me.

    • Julia

      Yeah, RED DELICIOUS and BLOOD ORANGES both raise an interesting question, as I don’t think I would have read more than a few pages of either before stopping if it had been for personal pleasure. I give it about 100 pages before I stop on review books, and by then I was involved… Both of these books, despite my own eventual enjoyment, are probably best aimed at readers looking for something dark and gross and bleak.