As a fan of “how-to” books and non-fiction, I would never have chosen to read a book about witches and ghosts, but I found this book to be well-written and entertaining. I think it’s good and would recommend it -Thank you to whomever nominated and voted for this book!
Here are a few thoughts:
Exciting opening with the plane crash - a heart-pounder of an opening. Also liked the imagery, and sudden switching of gears: ie. A witch was talking about how to kill people with toxic plants and the next statement was: and what should I make the family for dinner? At first you think what – poison? – (heart skips a beat) but then you realize it really was just regular dinner she was talking about. Also Emily announced to the children: Your father must have hung
the wall paper by now – which gives you a chill- and sure enough the cat is found dead shortly afterwards and the dad is suspected. Lots of examples like that.
I noticed there was a lot of snow imagery in the book, then Chip compared flying up high with clouds underneathe looking like snow. Then for the landing, the plane would go through the clouds, everything would be dark and then the snow would disappear. So I think the big, old house up on the hill all by itself was like another plane Chip was flying, complete with passengers and surrounded by snow. Just before the big event at the end the snow started melting away, disappearing, and you knew the plane was going down into something bad again, just like the first time….
And will we EVER get financially–responsible protagonists in a story? LOL. After so many financial disasters lately it would be a breath of fresh air reading about people who chose to buy a house they can actually afford. And a wife/husband pilot and a partner in a law firm sounds pretty hectic and stressful to me – no time for community theatre, let alone family time I would think….. I get the feeling that we are supposed to considered the family’s life in the city as ideal: serene, happy, family-oriented, etc. but I just can’t see that happening with two high-profile professionals, one travelling all the time, with 2 small kids – and no nanny.
Drugs and crime are supposed to be found in the big, bad city, not in the countryside, but Emily wants to flee the horrors of Bethel and run back to the city, which is a switch. Interesting to have set the book in an area rich in witch history.
Maybe the message at the end of the book could be: Ignorance is Bliss or Don’t Get into the Wrong Crowd. Or maybe – is society putting too much emphasis on keeping old people alive and youthful, to the detriment of youth itself…? I.e. the old taking jobs from young people? Or maybe I’m reading way too much into this ghost tale …
I also find the witches thing a little sad. You don’t hear about men witches. An older woman with “too much” power and knowledge was a handy scapegoat for drought and crop failure. Too bad they were killed off, they probably were the first nurses/ pharmacists/doctors in their communities.
I’m fine with the ending: as in life – it’s not always fair, and not all loose ends get tied up.