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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Superstition by Samantha Wright

Superstition by Samantha Wright
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (185 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

When Jessica and her mother, Lillian, inherit a house in Louisiana from a long-lost relative, they are overjoyed, believing their fortunes have changed for the better. The house is full of dark secrets and unexpected dangers, however; and even the seemingly idyllic town is not what it seems. Unbeknownst to Jessica and her mother, they have stepped back into a centuries’ old mystery that they must solve before it is too late and the sinister history of the house and town repeats itself all over again.

When Jessica and her mother inherit an estate in Louisiana, they find much more than a dilapidated mansion waiting for them.

Jessica and her mother have never had good luck. Jessica’s father has been out of the picture since before she was born, and Lillian, her mother, has had to struggle on her own ever since. All that changes when Lillian gets a phone call informing her that she has come into a great inheritance that includes a mansion in Gilgamesh, Louisiana. Bored with life in their tiny apartment, Jessica and Lillian pack up and head south.

When they arrive in the small town, Jessica finds the whole place creepy. The people seem friendly, but she senses something sinister beneath the surface. The mansion is in terrible disrepair on the outside, but the inside is lovely. As Jessica explores the various rooms of the mansion, she feels as though she’s being watched. Her apprehension increases when she starts hearing things and having disturbing dreams.

The only thing that makes life in Gilgamesh bearable is the mysterious boy named Edward. He only comes to visit her at night. Jessica finds herself looking forward to her next meeting with the strange boy. Even though she’s only known Edward for a little while, Jessica feels a strong connection to him. Soon she realizes that she’s fallen head over heels in love with him. However, not everyone in Gilgamesh is happy about Jessica’s connection with Edward and they will do anything to tear the young lovers apart. As dark forces gather against her, Jessica must soon decide who she can trust in the fight against evil.

Jessica is an interesting heroine. She is up for adventure, but also a cautious and practical person. She is an old soul and at times seems more mature then her mother. She desperately tries to find logical explanations for the strange things that she experiences in her new home. Eventually she’s going to have to learn to come to terms with the paranormal and trust a boy she’s only known for a short while. Lillian, Jessica’s mother, is the polar opposite of Jessica. She more readily believes in the paranormal, especially since her sister is a psychic. Despite their differences, Jessica and Lillian make a good team as they prepare to face the unknown.

When I picked Superstition up, I was looking for a good paranormal read, and Ms. Wright certainly delivers. From the ghostly happenings at the mansion to the seemingly perfect town, Gilgamesh, the world that Ms. Wright has created is certainly creepy -- “Agatha was dressed in a white polyester pantsuit, and her hair was cut short and dyed shoe-polish black. She wore cat-eye glasses, heavy make-up, and gaudy rings on every finger. She seemed friendly, but when she smiled, her eyes were cold and unblinking, reptilian.” -- is just one of the examples of how Ms. Wright makes good use of descriptive language in order to convey that not everything in Gilgamesh is as it seems.

I did have a couple minor issues with the story. First, I would have liked to explore the romance between Jessica and Edward a bit more. While it is clear that the two have fallen in love at first sight, I would have liked to have seen them interact a bit more as their connection deepened. I would also have liked to know more about Edward’s character in general. Beyond the fact that he loves, Jessica, I didn’t really learn much more about him as the story progressed.

I also thought that the ending of the story was a bit abrupt. The whole story seemed to be building up to a big show down between good and evil. Yet, when it was all over, I was left with some unanswered questions. What happened to the evil forces that had inhabited the town? How were the forces of good able to banish the bad guys?

Despite these minor issues, I truly enjoyed reading Superstition. It is a good paranormal read sure to make the hairs stand up on the back of the neck.