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by Liz C. Long
Independently Published, 2013
Courtney, a witch, carried protection potions with her at all times. This did not help her when a very powerful, black witch kidnaps and murders her. The ritual that killed her involved removing her heart. She was not the first witch to die in this way. Two others before her were killed in the same manner.
Cooper, Courtney's brother, returned to town to avenge his sister's death. His past arrived with him, as his black magic history catches up to him. He must not only stay away from his past, but also protect his sister's best friend, Ruby.
Ruby is a very powerful witch with her own history. Her life turned upside down with the murder of her friend. She also vowed to avenge Courtney. She and Cooper joined with her old coven to protect the women of the coven since women are the killer's targets. First, Ruby has to deal with her emotions regarding the coven's High Priest and her former lover, Michael. Second, Cooper moved in with Ruby to keep her safe after the killer announced that she was his target. Third, she must help Cooper avoid the worst of his past.
This novel is complete with magic, ritual, and a love triangle. It is unique in that solving the crime involves teaching the police a little bit about magic, which is not included in their reports.
I recommend this novel to any adult who enjoys a good thriller/mystery. There are a few typos in the print, but they do not take away from the story. I did have to read a couple of sentences more than once to get their meaning. There is some violence, blood, and guts. I hope to soon read Liz Long's other novels.
Michele Rice Carpenter
As I read this book I kept thinking "I've read this before, Did I already get it from Amazon?". Yes, I had read it before, but the story kept me in suspense again because I could not remember who the villain was. We start with the brutal murder of Courtney. Courtney is the best friend of our heroine and the sister of the hero. They are all witches. It is a roller-coaster ride of a story, with twists and turns that are unexpected. Despite having read this before, I was glued to the book and could barely put it down. If you like murder mysteries with a dash of paranormal thrown in, then this is a MUST READ.
This isn't a badly written book. Ruby has an interesting voice, and I was charmed by the romance between her and her departed best friend's erstwhile brother, Connor. On the other hand, the twist ending was so broadly telegraphed that I called it practically as soon as I started reading. I was also really frustrated by inconsistencies with the characterization. Ruby is, apparently, extremely powerful, and heavily involved with Wicca. However, she describes her gifts of controlling electricity and the weather as both common and rare, and uses her mind control power both frequently and rarely. She's totally wreaked by her friend's death, but not so much so that she can't smile and laugh with her love interest. She's freaked out while in the clutches of a murderer, but not so much so that she can't offer up some snark. A well written character is compelling and feels real, like an actual person reacting in a natural way, even if the circumstances that they're reacting to bear only a passing resemblance (or no resemblance) to reality. Unfortunately, nothing Ruby says, does, or thinks feels all that real. Her grief is perfunctory, as is her anger, and her fear. I had kind of a soft spot for romances involving girls with crushes on their friends, so I enjoyed her flirtation with Connor, but the bits with the ex and his new girlfriend where less fun.
That said, it was entertaining enough to finish, even though I mostly did that to see if I was right about what would happen.
I want to add a warning: DO NOT read this right before bed. Make sure you have time to read it all in one sitting because you'll be terrified some crazy serial killer is going to cut out your heart if you don't. I'm serious. You've been warned. I actually have to go watch a Disney movie right now because I'm thinking about it and freaking myself out.
And just look at that beautiful/terrifying cover design! ;) (I'm totally biased. I kind of designed it.)
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Will recommend as a great read.