Book InfoCinere by Yolanda Olson
Series: Inferno #2
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Genres: Dark Romance, Horror, Psychological Fiction
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Cinere is not a standalone. It's advised to read Inferno before reading this novella.
I've always thought of myself as a damn good father.
The first three shouldn't define what you think about me. It's not my fault that they were fuck ups; I did my best with what I was given and I almost got it right.
I think I've learned enough from those mistakes to know that I'll do better this time. After all, fate has decided to bestow a beautiful baby girl on me, and she doesn't know what the others went through.
I've been doing alright with her so far. She loves me the same way she loves picking wildflowers out in the yard, but she doesn't understand that sometimes, innocent love just isn't enough.
Especially not for a man like me.
I don't tend to fail much in what I do, and I don't see the last few years as failing. I see it as learning from my missteps and becoming a better man because of it. Times are getting harder on me without someone special to warm my bed at night.
I've got another chance to do it right, and this time, I'll be the man that my little girl deserves.
Cinere - My Review
You know how sometimes you read a novella so quickly that it’s a real shock when the ending arrives? Well, Cinere is one of those books. I reached the end of the final chapter and all I could think was “where’s the rest of the story?” Thankfully I’ve got the following two books in the Inferno series lined up and ready to go.
Cinere takes place a couple of years after the end of Inferno. Jocelyn is still in the oubliette and her daughter, Darby, has daddy wrapped around her little finger. Pater decides Darby needs a mother, even if only for a day, so Joce is treated to a trip up to the real world and finally gets to meet her child in person.
I don’t want her dying on me while I’m fucking her because that would cross a line of morality I am not comfortable with.
The story is told entirely from Pater’s point of view aside from the final chapter where we hear Darby’s voice. It’s a small insight into the mind of this monster and the shift in POV at the end of the book alludes to possible events that could become some of his worst crimes yet.
Despite now being four years old, Cinere features the polished and precise writing I’ve come to expect from Yolanda Olson. The book may be short and to the point but it’s also the perfect setup for Darby’s eventual return and you know when it happens, it’s going to be jaw-dropping.