Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Hawley Book of the Dead
Revelation "Reve" Dyer is an illusionist. She and her stage magician husband, Jeremy, own their own Las Vegas theater where they perform for thousands. Reve accidentally kills Jeremy during the same "Defying the Bullets" trick that killed magician Chung Ling Soo in 1918. Someone switched the blanks in the pistol for live bullets and it becomes clear that whoever that was is after her also. Reve and her three daughters move to Hawley Corners, Massachusetts, a strange, abandoned town with a mysterious history involving Reve's family, When her twin teenage daughters vanish in the woods Reve desperately searches for them with the help of a childhood friend and her first love who is now the chief of police. The appearance of a mysterious book leads Reve to investigate her magical inheritance and expand her powers to fight against the malevolent man who has taken two of her daughters and enchanted the third. This is an interesting, very detailed story. There were a few places that I wished the action moved a little faster but all in all it's a good read.