Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly 21st Century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is - by inclination - a remote viewer; someone whose unique gifts enable him to 'slam rides' through the thought processes of others. But slamming rides is something he only does with the greatest reluctance - until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to use his gift to find her step-son, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters. And so Gabriel visits Monk House in Chelsea, a place where time seems to stand still. Its living room is filled with the perfume of roses, African masks line the walls and everywhere - on doors, on walls, on ceilings even - the mysterious coded symbol of cross and circle dominates. As the dog days of summer turn into a cold and hostile winter, Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful, enigmatic Monk sisters - one of whom is a deadly killer, and who will stop at nothing to protect a terrifying secret that is as old as time itself. Season of the Witch is an extraordinary Gothic thriller that takes on big themes - love, death, alchemy, the power of the human mind to transform and transcend reality - and wraps them into a thriller narrative that will beguile and entrance all who turn its pages.

Hmmm, this was a pretty weird book. But, it's certainly got an interesting storyline and is an easy enough read. It's hard to really describe. It's not really a thriller or an action packed whodunnit (you pretty much know it's one of the two sisters just from reading above) and to be honest the alchemy/witch craft thing is a little unbelievable. But other than that it's a nice enough read to tide you over between brilliant books :) Not a very good review, I know ... but some books are just plain average (in my opinion, I've a very fussy reader - which I'm sure you all already know!).

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