April 14, 2014

The Necromancer by P.M. Richter


Michelle was brutally attacked in her locked hotel room in Las Vegas. The police didn't believe her and thought she must have lured a man up to her hotel room for a little sexual adventure, which went dangerously out of control. 

Michelle sustained visible scars from the terrifying and almost lethal attack, but pure fear motivated the move from her home in California to Hawaii. She's scared her attacker will come back. She's sure the next time he'll kill her. Now she has a successful career and she figures abstinence is an acceptable, if lonely, way to live.

Michelle decides that an affair with a wickedly handsome man who moves into her building might cure her of the humiliating, embarrassing, and uncontrollable anxiety attacks which plague her whenever she finds herself alone with a man.

How could she know that she made the worst possible choice?

Omar Satinov, the man Michelle has chosen, is a secret, whispered legend across several continents. His lure is a mystical religion based upon Witchcraft; his hook, the addictive herbal products he sells his followers. But does he really have supernatural powers, as many of his disciples believe?


I can't decide if I like this book or not.  It went back and forth between being completely gripping and tedious.  One problem I had was Michelle is a woman who was sexually assaulted, yet she keeps hanging around this weird guy.  I understand that Omar has this strange power over her, and that Michelle thinks she is being paranoid thanks to her previous experience, but Michelle continuously comments on how creepy she finds him, yet she keeps dating him.  It makes no sense.  It is explained a little better further into the book why she keeps being pulled in his direction, but by then the reader is already frustrated.  

I loved the interactions between Michelle and her boss, who was fairly interesting.  However, I didn't like that these scenes felt completely disjointed from the rest of the story.  It didn't flow very well.  

There was a bit of a formatting issue, too, because it would abruptly change to another character's perspective without any warning.  Not even a page break.  It was fairly confusing.

I would give the book a try (maybe once the formatting issues are fixed) because the plot is a good one.  I think the execution was a little shaky, but that doesn't make it any less of an imaginative story.

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