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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Review - The Lure of the Witch by Betty Sullivan La Pierre

Title: The Lure of the Witch
Author: Betty Sullivan La Pierre
Publisher: SynergEbooks
Buy Link: The Lure of the Witch

Rating: You Could Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

Sarah Willis, a teenager, was reported missing to the Medford police by her father. When Greg Willis decided the authorities were dragging their feet, he hired private investigator Tom Casey, better known as Hawkman, to find his daughter. When evidence of witchcraft is discovered, it becomes a race against time to find the missing girls.

Let’s be clear, I like paranormal mystery. I’m a huge Dresden Files fan. And this story is no Dresden file.

This story is readable, but it won’t rock your world. As far as I can tell there is not a single original thought on these pages. It is so full of stereotypes and cliches. The rich popular girl is a bitch, the ugly nerd has depression and no friends, the police couldn’t find their butts with their hands glued to the seat of their pants, and everyone lives happily ever after.

More importantly, the author clearly did not bother with even the most basic of research. Private Investigators, for example, are contract labor, they work by billable hours, not flat rates. They aren’t going to go have a nice chat with the police chief before they are actually hired to work a case. Furthermore, the “witchcraft” in this story couldn’t have been more cookie cutter. But since no act of magic is ever shown, it might all be a delusion.

This book has nothing of note to offer the genre, it’s poorly researched and remarkably bland. It will get you through a rainy day if your bored, but I cannot say I would recommend it.

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