Five Fanged Review: Whispers of the Dead by CL Roberts-Huth


Whispers of the Dead

By: CL Roberts-Huth
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal
Pages: 204
Series: Zoë Delante Thrillers, #1
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Published on: August 4, 2011
Five Fanged Review:  Whispers of the Dead by CL Roberts-Huth

When Zoe Delante gets called on a new case as the local police clairvoyant, she's unprepared for the heinous nature of the murders. As the hunt unfolds, she finds herself in the middle of a power struggle between a bad coven and a serial murderer. Will she discover the identity of the beheading maniac before he strikes again or will she lose someone close to her instead?

 
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I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Okay so you may already have guessed and seen that I don’t get a lot of five star reviews.  I am picky and I believe that for a book to be truly a five star it must go so far above and beyond what I anticipate that I wont want to put it down.  Boy is this one of those books.

I picked it up at noon on Sunday, by 8 pm Sunday night I was done, already reviewed it on Goodreads and was writing this.  Oh and I took some breaks to eat, visit with the husband, talk on the phone, and drive for awhile.  So maybe 6 hours total reading time, no more like 5.  So since I have whet your appetite why not get to the meat of the review.

 

Andi's Review

 

Zoe Delante is your normal, run of the mill witch, although she isn’t.  She is also clairvoyant and works for the police on a on call basis.  Well it is just perfect timing that a serial killer starts dropping people in the most goryist fashion they are quick to call Zoe in. The case starts getting really wierd and after a couple of times in the ER Zoe starts to realize that it may not just be a simple serial killer.  With the help of her newly found friends Mike and Daniel as well as with her best friend Lucy who just so happens to be a high priestess of a coven in Dale City.  Maryland.  Not the only coven kicking around this community though, oh and Zoe likes no one to know that she is Wiccan, or that she is a solitary witch.

 

From the first page I was hooked.  This book is a solid fun ride through the life of a witch who works for the police.  I honestly can not get enough of this book, it hooked me and it pulled be through the 204 pages in no time.  With the exception of the epilogue this was a fast paced, pull you along on the roller coaster that is Zoe’s life.

 

Let’s get to the epilogue, I did not count this towards my review because it was only two pages long and it didn’t really fit with the book.  First of all the epilogue seems a little last minute and while the story ends the epilogue sets up the second book without really needing to.  Also the phrase about who she was dating didn’t fit, who cares how many people she was dating as long as they knew.  It isn’t wrong persay, and the line about not having sex with anyone else really doesn’t fit in with the book.

 

So why does this book get a 5 star?  Because it is really good.  The author did a great job at researching not only the Wiccan faith but was able to create an alternate United States that has individuals being killed if they are were’s, a Christian group that is against anyone that is not Christian, to the point that they would kill those non-believers.  I really enjoy the social aspects that she adds and how she is also very good at portraying how religions can fight without technically fighting.

 

Another thing I really enjoyed is that while Zoe is a Wiccan, and clairvoyant but she can talk to the dead, see the dead, feel the dead, dream the dead, you know all those whispers that the dead do.  I enjoyed this because well 1) I really like Wiccan and Witchcraft and I really think that she did a good job. 2) I am very interested in Parapsychology and so this book also really interested in from that aspect.

 

I am a follower of the author now and I can’t wait to read the second in this series.

 

5 fangs

About CL Roberts-Huth

I've been writing for as long as I could remember. My first story was an angsty-girl's attempt to woo the boys (yes, boys!) she adored with inclusion into a supernatural thriller entitled, "The Hand of Doom". This was followed by my one and only screen play that involved an adopted child who killed off her new family in creative ways. All this by the time I was 14.

Since then I've evolved my writing to such gems as "Whispers of the Dead", a supernatural thriller, and the occasional foray into the world of BDSM.

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