Author: Patrick Redmond
Genre: Ghost / Thriller
Format: Paperback 309 pages
Release Date: 10 October 2018
Publisher: Manatee Books Ltd
Firstly I would like to thank Tracy Fenton and the publisher for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and for the copy of this book they provided me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When does a gift become a curse? Meg has a gift. She can change lives. But when tragedy strikes in childhood she vows never to use it again. Now an adult, she is living in Cornwall; a place where the elements themselves have a life of their own. When they call she refuses to listen, fearful of the dark places where her gift can lead. But the dead will not be silenced. They are stronger than her. And now they have chosen she is powerless to escape…
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I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this book, but the synopsis sounded intriguing and i’m always drawn to books with an element of mystery attached so I dived right in and in all honesty I didn’t surface until I had finished the book in it’s entirety!
The book begins with Meg as a child, struggling to come to terms with the ‘gift’ that she has been born with. Her gift being that she can see people that are no longer living that for various reasons have unfinished business and use Meg as a conduit to get their messages across to people they have left behind.
Meg despises her gift as a child as it always seems to get her into trouble and all the other kids think of her as weird and pick on her. Meg seems like such a lovely child though and she is such a fighter with strong family values. She adores her younger sister and would do absolutely anything to protect her from harm. If I was a kid I would want Meg as my friend.
Meg as an adult later on in the book is also a really likeable character. She has such a strong sense of what’s right and what’s wrong and goes totally beyond the call of duty to help others even when it’s at a detriment to herself. She has denounced her gift and all but forgotten that she has it, but as it turns out, there are spirits from the other side who are not willing to let her forget.
If you take away the ghosts and supernatural elements of this book you are left with what is actually a really beautiful story. The characters are really likeable and the story is gripping enough that you don’t want to put it down. This is the first book I have read by this author and I will definitely be reading more.
About the Author
Born in 1966, Patrick Redmond was educated in England and the Channel Islands, and studied law at Leicester University and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. For eight years he worked as a solicitor at various firms in the City. He now writes full-time.
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