A red gash of a mouth rimmed with impossibly tiny, razor-sharp teeth yawned wide, then swift as a snake, she bent and struck..
For Sandra, daughter of illusionists, Adam and Ophelia, life’s never been run of the mill! But when Adam’s wandering eye lights on yet another conquest, it proves a chorus girl too far, and Sandra’s caught in the reverberations of her parents acrimonious parting. Coerced into restoring her depressed Mother to the bosom of a family Sandra never knew existed, she’s sucked into a situation that even for her is unnerving.
From being without a single relative, she suddenly acquires several she’d rather do without, and learns a few home truths she’d prefer not to know. Ophelia, it appears, has not been entirely honest about any number of things. There’s no doubt in Sandra’s mind, the sooner she puts as much distance as possible between herself, her newly discovered nearest and dearest, their peculiar tendencies and their failing hotel business, the happier she’s going to be.
Dire straits call for desperate measures and Sandra reluctantly rises to the occasion. A hanged housemaid, a fly-on-the-wall documentary, The Psychic Society and a quasi co-operative journalist all handled correctly should, she reckons, get the family business up and running, which will allow her to do the same – as fast as she can, and in the opposite direction. Things unfortunately move swiftly from bad to farce and then get a hell of a lot darker. One moment Sandra’s struggling to save the family’s income, the next, she’s battling to save their lives. Turns out, some darknesses, once buried, are best left undisturbed.
Having not read any of this authors books before, I wasn’t quite to sure of what to expect. I love to mix up genres every now and again and I don’t think I could have picked something more different than Witch Dust.
Witch Dust is a story that I think will appeal to a mixture of readers varying from young adults to the more mature of readers.
There are so many strong elements to this story. With a mixture of paranormal and crime there is certainly a lot to entertain it’s readers.
You have to feel sorry for Sandra. Everything she thought she knew about her life has been turned upside down and twisted inside out. To go from relatively no family to a bunch of them and strange ones at that, well it’s enough to throw anyone into turmoil.
I loved the setting of the hotel and if it wasn’t for the odd things going on there, I might have been brave enough to stay!
Witch Dust is a really quirky read that I am sure will appeal to a whole range of readers. Whilst I can’t say I loved the book as it is quite different from my usual reads, it was still an enjoyable read and would certainly try more of the authors books.
My thanks to Kate at TAsT Publicity for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Witch Dust is available to purchase from Amazon.
Marilyn was a regular feature and fiction writer for various national magazines when her children were small. She then set up her first business, selling toys, books and party goods from home, before opening first one shop then another. When she sold both shops she moved into the world of travel, focusing on Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns in New England, USA. Her advisory, planning and booking service flourished and she concurrently launched a publishing company, producing an annual, full-colour accommodation guide. In 2007 she set up a copywriting consultancy, to help businesses shape their messages to optimum effect.
She’s the author of the Little Black Business Book series and the novels Relatively Strange and Even Stranger. She’s been married to her very patient husband for more years than he deserves and they have two children, five grandchildren and, somewhat to their surprise, several grand-dogs. Her writing style has been described as ‘A cross between Stephen King and Maureen Lipman.’ although, as she points out, she’s not sure either of them would be remotely thrilled to hear that!
Goodreads Author Page: http://tinyurl.com/m29fqod