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The Burning Girl – Lisa Unger

Novella  4*'s
Novella
4*’s


The Burning Girl
is the second in a set of three novella’s featuring Eloise a psychic medium who only realised she had this power following a car accident in which caused the death of her husband and one of her daughters. This was the basis of the first book in this series, The Whispers.

The Burning Girl starts ten years on from the end of The Whispers, a device that allows the author to introduce some new characters most notably Agatha a commercial psychic who listens to, and advises Eloise when the visions she sees and the voices she hears gets too much for her. When Eloise notices the smell of burning in her house the vision that becomes clear is particularly horrifying but the scene is from many years ago so what is this ghost trying to tell her? Eloise isn’t after fame or fortune. Far from it, her psychic powers have made her neighbours wary of her and her remaining daughter has moved far away. Eloise sees the visions to help solve crimes and since her power is elusive and can’t be summoned up she alone must find the link between the past and the present in this episode.

For a novella there is a lot packed into this story which is pleasingly backed up with authentic characterisation. I’ve said before that I’m not a big fan of the supernatural but I think the fact that Eloise is a reluctant psychic has helped me get over this aversion and allowed me to thoroughly enjoy this series. Lisa Unger is a master storyteller which means that the pace and the plot work in harmony to give an unusually satisfying read considering the length of the book; I didn’t feel cheated by the brevity at all.

I’m not entirely sure that this was quite as satisfying as the first book in the series as there were far more loose ends in this one which I hope will be tidied up in the third and final part due to be published in 2015; The Three Sisters. Lisa Unger has chosen to set The Three Sisters some ten years on from The Burning Girl and I will definitely have to read this part to see what happens to Eloise next.

I’d like to say a big thank you to the publishers Gallery, Threshold Pocket Books for giving me a copy of this book in return for this honest review. The Burning Girl will be published on 25 November 2014 in the US and is due for release in the UK in February 2015.

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WWW Wednesday (November 19)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby a book which I came across in excerpt format when I stumbled across the author’s blog.  Ignoring Gravity is about to be published on 21 November 2014.

Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby

Blurb

Rose Haldane is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to do, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Except it isn’t: because Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it.
‘Ignoring Gravity’ connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets…
This is the first in a series of novels about Rose Haldane, identity detective. Amazon

I recently finished the thought-provoking The Perfect Mother by Nina Darnton which is based upon Emma, an American girl who while studying in Spain is a suspect in the murder of a local boy. Narrated by Jennifer, her mother, this book skilfully describes how she has to realign her image of her daughter to fit the facts of the case. My review will follow shortly.

The Perfect Mother

Next I am going to read The Burning Girl by Lisa Unger ,the second in the three part set of novellas by this author which started with The Whispers.

 

The Burning Girl
Blurb

Ten years after Eloise Montgomery discovers her psychic abilities, she is a full-fledged working psychic, with a partner and a business. Now, in The Burning Girl, she’s discovering some disturbing things: secrets about her genealogy that are, perhaps, best left in the past; that her granddaughter Finley has powers of her own; and that not all of Eloise’s visitors actually want to be helped. Some of them are just looking for trouble…Goodreads

What are you reading this week?

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Friday Finds (October 17)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS

This week I have two novella’s by Lisa Unger, first up is The Whispers

The Whispers
Blurb

It’s a day like any other for Eloise Montgomery—until tragedy strikes. While she is recovering from a horrible accident that takes the lives of her husband and oldest daughter, and as she works to help her younger daughter move forward, Eloise experiences her first psychic vision. Though she struggles to understand her newfound gifts, Eloise finds a way use them to save lost women and girls—for whom her help may be the only way out…NetGalley

and the second being The Burning Girl

The Burning Girl

Blurb

Ten years after Eloise Montgomery discovers her psychic abilities, she is a full-fledged working psychic, with a partner and a business. Now, in The Burning Girl, she’s discovering some disturbing things: secrets about her genealogy that are, perhaps, best left in the past; that her granddaughter Finley has powers of her own; and that not all of Eloise’s visitors actually want to be helped. Some of them are just looking for trouble… NetGalley

I also have a copy of The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill which is the eighth in the Simon Serrailler series, I think I read one and two some years ago! I know I swore I wouldn’t join series part-way in but I weakened…

The Soul of Discretion

I’ve also got a copy of The Heart of Winter by Emma Hannigan after enjoying the author’s previous book The Summer Guest which I read earlier this year.

 

The Heart of Winter

Blurb

Holly Craig’s family have lived happily in Huntersbrook for generations but when times grow hard, even she must admit defeat and sell off their once-successful stables.
The three Craig children, Lainey, Joey and Pippa find themselves locked in a fight to keep their beloved Huntersbrook; dare they transform it into one of Ireland’s most sought after countryside venues?
Renovation work is well underway when life rears its ugly head and everything stops in its tracks. The Craig family is forced to reassess what matters and although they no longer live at Huntersbrook, can the house work its magic even so … and lead them into the light once more? Goodreads

and lastly I have a copy of Interlude by Rupert Smith

Interlude

Blurb

A compelling examination of how secrets can tear one family apart; the tale moves from the repressed society of 1930s England where the consequences of two men s actions still reverberate through their families in the present day. Bored housewife and mother Helen has always known her grandfather Edward was a famous author, but her parents had severed connection with him whilst she was still young, refusing to discuss the matter. After embarking on a whirlwind affair with her writing tutor, Helen decides to visit her reclusive grandfather and discover more about the identity of the mysterious Rose in his most famous novel, Interlude, who has baffled critics for years. Their brief meeting reveals little but when her grandfather dies and makes Helen his executor, she discovers a stash of his diaries and an unpublished manuscript. They reveal a long hidden secret and a forbidden love affair with devastating consequences for her whole family. Helen s journey is interspersed with Edward’s works which slowly reveal the ambiguity of truth and the depth of deception that permeates the family.
A stirring look at not just the treachery of family secrets but of how truth can be buried within a text and how society imposes limits on love. Amazon

What have you found to read this week?