Each Step Uncovers Another Secret
Nora thought that most of her problems were over with Jules’s death. She has Patch, who is her guardian angel, and now her boyfriend. But her happiness is short-lived—before long, Patch is pulling away from Nora, hanging out with Marcie Millar of all people. At first Nora’s just confused, but then she’s hurt and angry. She becomes determined to figure out all of Patch’s secrets, and those surrounding her father’s murder.
But each step takes her deeper into the world of the Nephilim and fallen angels, and will uncover secrets, supernatural and otherwise, that she may regret knowing.
As far as sequels go, Crescendo is unexpected. Nora’s relationship troubles with Patch, while frustrating for the reader, are realistic considering what the characters are going through. It’s refreshing to have a heroine that continues to struggle with romance and love—even after a fairy tale-esque ending of Hush, Hush—and who can stand on her own without the help of a supernatural boyfriend. Nora’s best friend Vee continues to play a strong role in the book and her rebellious, irreverent nature adds a lot of humor throughout the novel. It’s good to see that Fitzpatrick includes Vee as her own character—she’s not just a sidekick.
There are plenty of little details and mysteries to keep track of in the book, though sometimes the plot did feel rather meandering and vague at times. The timeline wasn’t clearly defined, and some scenes were repetitive, leaving some questions unanswered. However, the culmination of the mysteries and the revelation of the true killer are both dramatic and tense, and will have readers clamoring for the final book, Tempest.