- Series: Wytches (Book 1)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (June 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632153807
- ISBN-13: 978-1632153807
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 234 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main characters in this story are Charlie and Sailor Rook, a father and daughter who have been through emotional hell even before the story starts. Charlie and Sailor are still dealing with the recent accident that has paralyzed matriarch Lucy when an added trauma is heaped on top of them; the death of a teenage girl who had been bullying Sailor. The family decides that a new start in a new town is what they need to heal, but the traumas still follow them (as we see when kids in Sailor's new school ask her if she killed the now deceased bully). Of course, this is a horror story, so the move stirs up more trouble in the form of the misshapen, flesh-eating wytches of the woods. It seems that someone has 'pledged' Sailor to these monsters in exchange for having them fulfill their deepest wishes.
The story follows a familiar path, with Charlie fighting to find and free his daughter from their grasp. What sets this story apart is the emotional weight that Synder handles so deftly. Sailor appears to suffer from an anxiety disorder that Charlie struggles to understand and alleviate for her - while Charlie himself struggles with alcoholism that has made him a absent in his daughter's life. A parent reading this novel may very well identify with the deep fear and anxiety that both Charlie and Sailor suffer through - that is, how to keep someone that you love more than life itself safe in a dangerous world. As the tale motors along towards its finale, a Sophie's Choice type of dilemma is presented, and it is an emotional gut punch that far outweighs the horror of the story.
In fact, it may be this choice and its implications that is the real horror of Wytches. One fault with the story is that it may not explore this question as deeply as it could have - but again, for it to be revealed and played out the way that it was may have better suited the story. In the end, Wytches seems to say that its not monsters that we have to fear, but each other.
**tiny, won't ruin the story spoiler and may possibly be helpful after**
The sound the witche's clattering teeth make "chit chit chit" is to me, akin to the chattering my cat makes when she spy's a bird out of the window. What a brilliant concept that mirrors predators instinctual response to spotting pray!
However, It is terrifying to me now when my cat does it and I will never look at her the same when she does that.
Personally, it didn't leave very much of an impact on me as a reader. I wish it let the atmosphere sit a while longer before it delved into the plot and action-- without spoiling too much, elements of the plot and setting felt cliche and predictable. The most engaging part of the story is definitely the relationship between the daughter and father.
If you're a horror fan, this is a nice read, but it isn't groundbreaking.