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A BLIND GIRL’S TERRIFYING “GIFT” ALLOWS HER TO REGAIN HER EYESIGHT–BUT ONLY AS SHE FERRIES THE RECENTLY DECEASED INTO THE AFTERLIFE.
Loreena Picket thinks she knows herself. A blind young woman who lives with her uncle, a reverend at a small-town church, she’s a dutiful niece and talented pianist for the congregation.
But they’re both hiding a terrible secret. Loreena can kill people with the touch of her hand.
While her uncle sees her as an angel of mercy, helping usher the terminally ill members of his flock into the afterlife, Loreena has her doubts.
Torn between doing her uncle’s bidding and the allure of the fleeting moments when her eyesight returns on the journey to the other side, Loreena cooperates with her uncle until her troubled older brother returns to town. When she reveals her power by saving him from a local drug dealer, she is drawn into a sinister and dangerous world that will test the true nature of her talent and force her to consider how far she is willing to go to survive.
An exciting debut that crosses fantasy and literary fiction, Loreena’s Gift is a thought-provoking meditation on life and death and what ultimately lies beyond this world.
This is one of those books where the blurb made it seem decidedly different and interesting – I just couldn’t resist asking to participate in the blog tour promoting it and reading it for myself. This is my honest review.
I was right. This is a unique take on paranormal powers with the strong, blind, leading lady, Loreena Picket, having the ability to kill people just by touching them. Her uncle is the reverend and looks on this as a gift which she can use to help as a form of very caring euthanasia but Loreena isn’t quite so sure, though she appreciates being able to see whilst she does so. When her older brother returns, saving him draws her into a dark underworld where she has decisions to make that will have far reaching consequences, especially regarding how she uses her ‘gift’.
This is a well written, enthralling story with well developed characters who grow as the story progresses. The scenarios are vividly expressed, the imagery bringing them to life in the reader’s imagination. As the blurb says, it really is “ a thought-provoking meditation on life and death and what ultimately lies beyond this world.” It makes you wonder just how you would react given similar circumstances and is a suspense filled read which I have no hesitation in highly recommending.
Colleen M. Story writes imaginative fiction and is also a freelance writer, instructor, and motivational speaker specializing in creativity, productivity, and personal wellness. Her latest novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” was released with Dzanc Books April 12 2016. Her fantasy novel, “Rise of the Sidenah,” is a North American Book Awards winner, and New Apple Book Awards Official Selection (Young Adult). She is the founder of Writing and Wellness (writingandwellness.com) a motivational site for writers and other creatives.
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