Twenty-year-old Police Officer, Sydney Hart, has always made mistakes and when she meets Michael Grayson, she soon begins to wonder if she hasn't made the biggest mistake of her life. That one moment of passion between them causes Sydney's world to spiral rapidly out of control.
Suffering from nightmares, Sydney soon realizes her life and the people closest to her aren't who or what she believed them to be. Fearing she has been cursed, Sydney attempts to unravel the dark secrets that surround her, and is desperate to discover why a dying man called her Witch.
©2013 Tim O'Rourke (P)2014 Tim O'Rourke
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I won a complimentary copy of this audio book in a competition held by the author. I decided to write an honest review for it.
This is the first book in the Sydney Hart Mysteries Series. I enjoyed it.
The story is narrated by Laurel Schroeder. Her voice was pleasant to listen to; she read the story with clarity, but I found her clipped tone a bit disconcerting.
Constable Sydney Hart is a character I struggled to like. Her impetuous behaviour, especially as she is a police officer, made me want to shake her! Her detective skills also left a lot to be desired.
I started listening to this book and, although I found it a bit confusing at first, I began to enjoy it. Although this story is supposed to be a paranormal romance, I found it to be more of a paranormal thriller, with a hint of horror. The story started out as a romance, but half way through it's like the author decided to change it into a thriller.
The story was told through Sydney's point of view. Unfortunately, I found my attention wondering on occasion and I had to force myself to listen. I think it's partly because I couldn't find it within myself to like Sydney. Yes, she is young, only twenty, but she came across as a hopeless victim rather than a spunky, kickass heroine that I have gotten used to reading about in books.
It was also partly due to the narrator's clipped tone and lack of characterization for each character in the story. The only character I did like in this story was Vincent; he was sweet and funny.
The story was full of twists and turns, especially near the middle and end. These twists take the reader on an exciting roller coaster ride of mystery and suspense. Some of the revelations made were quite surprising, and one had a paranormal twist that I definitely didn't see coming! The ending was a bit sad, but a little bit creepy too. Although I enjoyed this story, I am not sure whether I will continue with this series. However, I will be keeping an eye out for other books by this author.
Tim O'Rourke has written an intriguing story, but his characters didn't feel as three dimensional as they should have. They lacked something that made them spark. Whether this was down to the narrator not doing vocal characterizations, I am not sure. His writing style is fast paced, but I felt the story didn't flow as well as it could have.
Due to scenes of a sexual nature that are rather on the explicit side, I do not recommend this book to younger readers under the age of 18. However, I recommend this book if you love paranormal romances with ghosts or thriller/mystery/suspense genres. - Lynn Worton
When I could see I used to read a bout 1 book ever 3 months if I was lucky, now I can listen to at least 2 books a month, its great,
A very interesting book however the narrator's accent was difficult to listen too. A good story line, strange ending.. Not sure if I would listen to more books with this narrator
Such a shame this great author chose laurel Schroeder to narrate this book, she ruined it for me ... :( good story line but this woman could not even breath in the right places ! Will be checking narrators on his books from now on .
I really thought this was a good book, I recommend it for a good one time read. I would buy it on kindle or listen but I don't think I would buy the book for a reread. given to read as exchange for honest feedback.
"not what I was expecting"
Another amazing story by Mr. O'Rourke. this story is so full of twist and turns. One minute you are thinking one thing and a chapter later its another. I look forward to the rest of the series
"A great start to this new series!"
Witch is a great start go the Sydney Hart Mysteries. The series is set in a rural seaside community in Cornwall, located at the southwestern tip of England.
The lead character, Sydney Hart, is a complex, 20 year old woman, whose rebellious youth was spurred on from her dysfunctional parents.
The central mystery is one which haunts Sydney & refuses to give her any respite. Likewise, there is plenty of action, tension, romance, & careful clues to keep its solution as ethereal as a whisp of smoke.
The author weaves the paranormal into the plot sparingly with a deft hand throughout the novel. As a result, this is not a typical fantasy book that requires the reader to accept a whole new universe of fantastic beings & altered laws of physics.
Although the story initially seemed to be off to a slow start, in retrospect it was essential to the story. Once the story did take off, the mix of action & tension held me glued to it until it's thrilling end.
The narrator is perfect for this book. She breaths life into the author's words perfectly & is never better than when speaking in the voice of Sydney. She was perfectly cast for this series.
I found this book to be very enjoyable & I look forward to reading each new book in the series (I already have Book 2 set to listen to!)
Warning – because of the frequent profane language & it's graphic sexual situations, this book is not for young adults or those who know beforehand that it will offend them.
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