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4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting paranormal thrill ride, April 28, 2012
This review is from: The Thirteenth Sacrifice: A Witch Hunt Novel (Mass Market Paperback)
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An exciting paranormal thrill ride.

Opening Sentence: Everywhere she looked there were shadows.

The Review:

In beautiful Boston there is something sinister in the works, and its trail leads to scenic Salem, Massachusetts, legendary home of the witch trials back in the times of the Puritans. When the bodies of young women turn up with strange markings, the determination is ritual killings with a root in black magic. And one of Boston's finest is the only one equipped to deal with this particular brand of evil.

Detective Samantha Ryan was once involved in a ritual so deadly, it left her the only survivor, at age 12. Since being orphaned, she has turned her sight to the Christian religion, and has never wanted to look back. But, when several innocent woman are ritualistically murdered in her city, she is forced to go back to the place that was once her home, and back to that way of life, if only to stop things before they get even worse.

When she reaches her old town, she meets Anthony Charles, owner of a museum dedicated to the occult, specifically Sam's old coven, responsible for the death of his mother and unborn baby brother. With a vow to take revenge upon the coven's last living member, he has been researching everything having to do with witchcraft, patiently waiting for the witch he wants to return to her home.

When Anthony first realizes that Sam is that very witch, he bursts into her hotel room, poised to commit murder. But Sam convinces him otherwise, she was only 12 at the time after all. Armed with this knowledge, and the knowledge that Sam is actually here to stop all the violence, Anthony becomes Sam's partner in crime, and also the man who wants to be so much more.

When Sam finally gets in with the coven bent on replacing her old one, she discovers their true path, the reanimation of Abigail Temple, the high priestess and one time leader of Sam's coven, who wishes to make yet another attempt at the magic that once killed her and everyone else, the raising of a demon, bent on destruction.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the psycho murderer virus. It seems the new coven's high priestess decided to create some added chaos by having this strange magical virus created, one that makes anyone who previously tended towards distrust of witches or anything paranormal to become downright murderous towards those who are accused of practicing anything weird. Most of them being innocent Goth types, or harmless Wiccans.

But alas, Abigail fails to raise her demon, as her magic is no better than the last time, and it again takes out her whole coven, leaving only Sam as survivor. And as an added bonus, when news of all this reaches back to her old comrades, no one, not even her partner wishes to work with Sam anymore. So in the end, she is once again forced to leave her home, and every one she knows and loves behind, and move, this time across the country, to a new place and try to regain her chance at living a normal life. Truly heartbreaking, if you ask me.

Kudos to Ms. Viguié for setting us up for an exciting ride. I really enjoyed it; read it all in one shot. Not that hard, really, when you are in the car for eight hours on your way to vacation. The setting is just right, no place better than Salem for witches, even if it is a bit cliché. The pace is just fast enough, the evil plenty scary, and the emotional turmoil heartfelt. Can't wait to see what Sam goes through out on the west coast.

Curses to Angela and DFT for making me read things that have the potential to give me nightmares. Branding this book as merely paranormal would be a grave injustice. This, ladies and gents, is a true thriller, complete with mass hysteria, brutal murder, and one scary badass witch raised from the dead. So, for those of you who are into that kind of thing, right this book, and come back and tell me what you thought. For those of you with weaker constitutions, and bad hearts...well, you just might want to plan on sleeping with the lights on.

The Witch Hunt Series:

1. The Thirteenth Sacrifice

FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of the The Thirteenth Sacrifice. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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