Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Book Review - Season of the Witch, by Natasha Mostert

In her award-winning novel, Mostert blends alchemy, the art of memory, high magic and murder to create a highly original psychological thriller.

Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to 'slam a ride' through the minds of others.

But he uses his gift only reluctantly ― until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to find her step-son, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters.

And so Gabriel visits Monk House, a place where time seems to stand still, and where the rooms are dominated by the coded symbol of a cross and circle.

As winter closes in, Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful and mysterious Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he knows that one of them is a killer.

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

My Review: 

After reading the highly enjoyable 'Windwaker' (you can read my review HERE), it was without hesitation that I immediately dove into 'Season of the Witch'.

I found this story to be quite different than 'Windwalker', but the eloquent writing of this author was just as present, with much detail to character and plot development. Again, that underlying gothic dark tone, and sense of mystique also enveloped this story and its characters, and I was again quite engrossed into this story very quickly.

Gabriel Blacksone is a computer hacker with some interesting talents. When someone from his past comes to him out of desperation, he relunctantly agrees to use his power to help his old flame find her missing stepson.  As he begins his investigation, he quickly becomes enthralled with the mysterious Monk sisters, and an intricate game of cat and mouse ensues that could potentially cost Gabriel more than he bargained for.

This book had me firmly in its grip for most of it. However, I have to admit that towards the end, and the conclusion of this mystery, it began to lose me.  Though I did not end up enjoying it as much as the previous novel I read, it certainly did keep me guessing until the very end. It was certainly unpredictable (which I love!), and well fleshed out.

I give this novel 

Happy Reading!

Natasha Mostert is South African. She grew up in Pretoria and Johannesburg but currently lives in London with her husband, Frederick. She still keeps an apartment in the university town of Stellenbosch in the Cape province.
She is the author of five novels. Her fourth novel, SEASON OF THE WITCH, is a modern gothic thriller about techgnosis and the Art of Memory and won the Book to Talk About: World Book Day 2009 Award. Film rights were sold to Allotria Productions with Emmy-award winning screenwriter, Andrew Davies, commissioned to write the script. Her fifth novel, THE KEEPER, is a thriller about martial arts, chi and quantum physics.
Mostert returned to the subject of memory in her latest novel, DARK PRAYER, which is described by Kirkus Reviews a "brainy, fast-moving thriller" in which "Mostert brings together fascinating strands of biology, psychology and mysticism."

Author Links: Goodreads / Website

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you didn't love this one as much as the first one you read, but it is fun when a book keeps you guessing!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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