Lies the fates spin as half truths.
Lies of destined love.
As a fateless, Kate Hale is immune to the first two, but the third kind of lie is her profession. After spending years as an actuary for the Traffic Department, Kate is promoted to Accidental Death Predictions. It’s all she’s worked toward, and her career is finally on track. But when an oracle delivers an impossible death prediction and insists on her help to solve the case, she might lose any chance of impressing the brass.
Her only hope comes in the form of the police liaison assigned to her department, latent werewolf Ian Becker. Becker can grant her the clearance to find answers, but he’s a wild card with a shady past who doesn’t play well with others.
Every prediction has a loophole, but if Kate can’t solve the case before the crime is fated to occur she won’t just lose her job–she’ll have the blood of an oracle on her hands.
I really liked this quite unique world Ms Gower has created and Kate is likable but in many ways still an unknown quantity. She's obsessed with being cool and organized and statistics call to her. She so wants to follow in eminent footsteps and make a difference, but when thrust into a seemingly impossible situation she plunges headlong into it. Kate knows she needs official help and turns to latent werewolf, Detective Becker. Plus, her quirky witch friend, Ali, gets roped in to help as the predicted death of an Oracle gets closer!
So, this should be a perfect read for me but strangely I found it difficult to become really immersed in the story. I carried on as I do think it’s a fabulous idea but at times I just wanted more. Whether it was action or interaction, I'm not sure but it felt slow at times. The last third of the book made much more sense and it was very cool the way Kate played a little one upmanship. Clearly being unpredictable was a huge advantage. As for the title, well that's a total misnomer, although I suspect the author is thinking long term as yes, it's very obvious there is a connection between Kate and Becker.
My final thoughts are the story had likable characters, a really good concept, but I needed to understand more about just why certain individuals were acting the way they were.
Clearly this is the first in the Outlier Prophecies series that hopefully will blossom and turn into something very exciting.