Within The Maples is the first in The Red Raven Journals series by Harmony Lee. This book is a series of haunting dreams and suspicious people that plague a young woman named Raven Quinn.
Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥
Overall Rating: 4/6 Glass Slippers
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Raven hasn’t had a good night’s sleep in years. She’s awakened by nightmares constantly, something she shares with her roommate Eva. Eva pushes her friend to get professional help, something that Raven isn’t all that keen on, but warms up to when handsome Dr. Benjamin enters the picture seemingly prepared to cure her of her inner turmoil. Although a man named Ethan is in the running for her romantic interests and might muddle things a bit.
Gonna be honest, I wasn’t a fan of Ethan. Although he’s also a patient of Dr. Benjamin, he isn’t exactly taking any of the tools he learned in therapy to heart. He plays with people and I found him manipulative and sneaky. Certainly not the kind of man I’d want my girl Raven hanging out with. But the heart, unfortunately, wants what it wants. Even if it isn’t any good for it.
Written in multiple POVs, you get a taste of what each character is thinking and feeling. Personally, I’m a fan of this style as long as it’s done well. Lee did a pretty good job of placing each narrative in such a way that the characters weren’t muddled up in each other, something that can be very difficult.
Overall, the book was satisfying; the writing was clean and descriptive, and the characters were realistic enough to make the story believable. It had a very nice build up where Raven’s past is trickled down slowly to put real tension in the pages. Eventually the novel packs a real punch and there are a few surprises waiting for you. If you’re a fan of mysteries, Within the Maples can be a perfect book to add to your personal library.