Onyx Webb: Book One by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz is a hard book to describe. It’s a little like a soap opera set in different time periods, different locations and with a supernatural element thrown in for good measure. The story for Onyx Webb is a complex one, we start off with four storys and then each story evolves into something bigger.
First of all we have the story of a young girl named Onyx Webb who is going to the 1904 World’s Fair with her Cajun father Catfish. At the fair she is abducted my a strange woman who has also kidnapped other children. We also have a story of Onyx in the present day as a ghost who needs to kill to feel alive. Throughout the book we find out what happened to Onyx and we are introduced to other characters and stories. Another story we have is of Juniper Cole, a piano prodigy who was kidnapped on the way to her prom in 1979. Our fourth story begins in 2010 and follows the sexiest man alive Koda Mulvaney who has just blown through a $20 million dollar trust fund and has seen something odd that changes his life.
There you have it, this is the story of Onyx Webb. My description of the story may sound confusing, but if you start to read it everything does make sense and little by little you see a connection between each story. In the beginning of the book the authors state that this is meant to be a nine book series with multiple stories, characters, settings and time periods. You really can’t describe whats going on in this book in a couple of paragraphs. What I can say about this book is that if you like soap operas you will enjoy this book.
This was an odd book for me, I found myself complaining that there wasn’t enough action but then again this book didn’t need it. There are several mysteries going on at the same time and the characters are so interesting that I couldn’t put it down. Right from the beginning this book hooks you with a poem from Onyx where she says she wants to be alive again and you are wondering what happened to her.
I loved the historical references in this book including the details on the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair and the Great Depression. Though most of all I like the character of Onyx. The woman is a complete mystery and we see how she changes throughout time, what we don’t know is how she got to be the way she is. To talk to much about her would ruin the story but I loved how in the beginning we see her as an innocent child and then we see her going through life making mistakes and living with the consequences. It’s easy to relate to Onyx because everyone makes mistakes like she does and you have to keep reading to find out how she became a ghost.
I struggled to find the best way to describe this book but it’s like a spider’s web. There are a lot of different things going on but its all connected and the main mystery here is how it’s connected and what is the central plot? This book can also be described as a massive painting that you can stare at for hours and get several different meanings out of. Even though I’m having a hard time describing this book, I thought it was a great read and I’m looking forward to more installments.