I had the pleasure of stumbling across Michael on Twitter when I was looking for some writers to support with a #writerlift once I read and review their books. I also had the privilege of chatting with him a few times as I was reading the book. These are my thoughts on the book:
This book is very well written. It grabs the readers attention from the very beginning and keeps them guessing even on the last page. Having just finished this exciting, suspenseful, historical mystery, I am already ready for book 2! Lucky for me, I can pick it up and start reading now!
A few things that were interesting to me about the book:
1. There are several times where the author doesn't give everything away, the read is left to their imagination to figure out what actually happened. This is a lot of fun to me and I enjoyed sitting there guessing what it was all about.
2. Though the story is about "powers" and connecting to people who have already died, there is a seemingly always present Christian undertone to the story. References to God and the church are made on several occasions. It was nice to see this included in a book about a topic that many Christians dismiss as being impossible, communicating with the dead.
3. Unexpected twists were never in short supply. I was amazed at the creativity and the thought process and even when I thought I had everything figured out, the ending still shocked me and left me wanting more!
The characters are fantastic and their descriptions allow the readers to almost visibly see the characters standing in front of them as actors on a stage. The descriptions of the world make the reader feel like they have stepped back in time.
Overall, it is a fantastic book written by a very creative mind. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes mystery, historical fiction, surprise twists, good writing, and realistic characters.
Thanks, Michael, for the opportunity to read and review your book!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)