On the edge of the Cynthia Forest,
a 300-year-old evil has awoken...
A Churel, or Chudail, is a menacing female ghost or witch out of South Asian Folkore. She appears as a hideous creature, but has the ability to shape-shift into a beautiful young female. Often, her feet are backwards. A Churel is born when this female dies during childbirth.
The Churel is the story of the young Jameson Family, who purchase a Victorian fixer-upper on a sizable piece of land in New Haven--a charming town located in Central Pennsylvania. Their land, which resides to the edge of the Cynthia Forest, carries a story of its own. Previously, the Village of New Haven, 300-years-ago, a witch was killed during childbirth where their house now stands. Now, she's awoken, and is hell bent on revenge.
As the family settles into their new home, the stress of the move slowly diminishing, George takes on somewhat of a possession of his own. Things begin happening to the family, which everyone sees but him. All of this saunters toward a terrifying climax which you won't see coming, and sets the tone for an ending that will stay with you for a very long time.
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A Churel is a mythological being that is a witch who died during childbirth. Her eyes become slits, her tongue forks, and her feet turn backwards. Her main goal in her after death is to get back at the man that impregnated her, and usually other men as well. She wants revenge and she can do almost anything to get it.
Churel by M.J. McAleer is obviously about a Churel. Hence the title and everything. A family moves from the city to a old town that used to be shacks and farm land. Because of the husband’s frequent business trips, they can live pretty much anywhere within like an hour of an airport. So they decide, even though the wife is a little waffly to buy this old victorian. It is always a victorian, and it is always old. Anyways, they have two young kids, a boy who attends school, and a girl who stays at home with momma.
It doesn’t take long for wierd stuff to happen, and of course it is to the mother, as the father is gone at work. There is something in the house and it does not want her or the family to live there. Even worse, something is happening to him, and not in a good way. Yes all couples fight, but what he has going on is much worse, to the point of not even caring about his wife anymore. He kind of still cares about his kids, but that is even hit or miss when things start to get rough.
I enjoyed this story, I hadn’t actually known about a Churel until after reading it, and I do not want to get on her bad side. In fact I hope never to have anyone I know get on her bad side. She is not a Charmed witch, but one that is just nasty, and can change what you see to benefit her.
If you like the creepy, and depraved side of human nature, then this book is for you. Yes there is a paranormal entity, but she isn’t what the story is only about. It is about how you can change into something that is the complete opposite of your personality on relatively a whim. Yes, he can blame the entity, but if you didn’t have those thoughts already, or were already a little sick in the mind, an entity wouldn’t be able to change you.
With headaches, troubles in the house, and a failing marriage, the entity in the house will take everything from you if you are not careful. Of course it can’t be easy and nice about it, no it wants blood and it will have it.
This book has some graphic parts in it. You may want to prepare yourself for both sexually graphic and graphic violence. It is not just in there for shock value. Every scene of this book is deliberated placed there by the author and you can see how the author’s mind flowed when they were writing it. Taking nothing for granted, not even the safety of your home.