Book Review: Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan

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Title: Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water

Author: Vylar Kaftan

Genre: Science Fiction Novella

Number of Pages: 110

Rating: C-

Recommended?: No


I really liked the premise of this book, but unfortunately it just wasn’t well-written. It had definite potential and the idea of a telepath being gaslighted and kept in a mind-prison where she can’t use her powers engaged my imagination. Bee has awesome telepathic abilities but she’s a really boring character, and all the other characters were also completely one-dimensional.

I liked the natural inclusion of a strong and loving lesbian relationship but Bee’s relationship with her wife was so cheesy. A lot of the writing felt like a bad romance novel or something, with the melodrama and painful metaphors.

There was were multiple things that made me wonder what they were even doing in there, like a line where the protagonist gets emotional and her asshole is described as clenching. I mean, seriously? Why? Worse, the book has all this build-up and then just ends inconclusively. It was a real shame too because the author had a good idea and something so much better could have been done with it.

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