Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Review: 'The Witch on Twisted Oak' by Susan C. Muller


Ruben about freaked when he found out the new murder case he was on was right next to his mother’s house. He wants no harm to come to his Mamacita!
This author pulls you into the story in a stealthy way. The first chapter begins with someone sneaking out of the house and visiting next door. You get the idea it’s an animal, but you don’t know what kind. When the mysterious animal returns home with a treasure, you’re glued to the story as the little girl wakes and screams! I found that to be a very interesting technique to get you on board with the story in the first few pages.
The murdered woman is a psychic and tells fortunes about people’s futures. She “saw” her own death years ago. She doesn’t try to change her fate; she just waits for it to find her. He does…
Mr. Muller gives you a lot of width and breadth in life of Ruben. Both Ruben and Tessa have blocked memories from the past. Tessa presents herself as the niece of the dead woman and waits for Ruben to recognize her; he doesn’t. What he does find out is that she is not the niece, she’s the daughter. She didn’t know that herself and is shocked. She’s attractive, smart, and likes the same things he likes. Her only fault is that she’s a witch. He just doesn’t believe in things like that. Even when Mamacita says she’s been hexed and her health starts going downhill. It can’t be true, but if it’s not, how can he save his mother?
The killer is someone Ruben knows, too, but he doesn’t discover that until later in the story. Things from his past are now affecting his present life. I like the way the author tied it all together and built the suspense as the story went along. This story flows well and really kept my attention. The ending is good, too.
Haven’t you ever “had a feeling” about people or how things are going to happen? Maybe you’re a bit psychic, too.

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