Reviewed by: Brandon
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Approximate word count: 85-80,000 words
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Tamara Hickman has written numerous poems, a few short stories, one published novel and has one in the works. Hickman is a middle grade math and science teacher, and is married with three girls.
After the death of her estranged grandfather, Atlanta city girl Riesa Grimshaw is the only surviving member of her family. She returns to Salem, Alabama to get the house her grandfather left her ready for sale or rent and finds clues (including a demon familiar) that not only is the past she remembered not what really happened, but also there is a curse on her family. She has enough on her plate with missing memories, an accidental demon familiar, and a family curse, but when her feelings for her demon familiar and her boyfriend get tangled, cryptic messages and slaughtered animals start showing up in her path, she knows that this is only the beginning.
I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. I was captivated by the second or third chapter, and did not feel as though I had to “force” myself through it. I enjoyed the storyline and connected as a reader to the main characters, although I found a distinct lack of supporting characters. Due to that, I found the end fairly predictable, although the motives of the antagonist put a spin on the ending that I didn’t anticipate.
Mild Adult Content
No significant issues
Rating: **** Four stars