BOOK REVIEW: SEASONS OF THE WITCH
Season of the Witch is the story of Gabriel Blackstone’s investigating the disappearance of Robbie Whittington. William Whittington comes to Gabriel for help at his wife’s urging, as Gabriel’s former love and William’s current wife Frankie, were both involved in a project studying remote viewing that ended badly many years earlier. Remote viewing is the ability to make a connection into the minds of others and Gabriel was the star of the program having the strongest ability. However, he was arrogant and not a team player which led to disaster, thus ending Gabriel and Frankie’s relationship and the project.
In present day, Gabriel and his quite interesting partner, Isidore, are information thieves that hack into commercial computer systems and sell the information to competitors. William Whittington is dying and Frankie begs Gabriel to help so that William will have the chance to make amends with his son before his death. Gabriel is reluctant at first as he has not “slammed a ride”, which is how they referred to remote viewing in the project, since his last dismal failure during the project and is still haunted by the memory of the outcome.
However, Gabriel winds up slamming the ride into Robbie Whittington’s mind which takes him to fantastical places and ends with what he believes to be the murder of Robbie. The ride leads him to two modern day witches, Morrighan and Minnaloushe Monk of Monk House, a beautiful rambling Victorian home that time seems to have stopped inside the home. The sisters practice and study the occult and memory.
Although the sisters are initially suspicious of Gabriel, they are intrigued by him for their own purposes. As they lure Gabriel into their world, he becomes enchanted by both sisters one of which appeared in his ride as a murderess. However the murderess was masked so Gabriel innocently thinks by spending time with the sisters he will figure out which one is the murderess and which one is his true love.
Season of the Witch was a fascinating book. Although it started a bit slow for me, once the book started taking on momentum it turned out to be a page turner. This book takes one to unexpected places and makes one want to look further into the aspects of studying memory, etc. The characters are also quite vividly portrayed. I would highly recommend this book. It contains aspects of the supernatural and romance but also is a very good mystery. I intend to look into this author’s previous books as I found this one to be fascinating.
REVIEWED BY GINA METZ
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