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Ellinor's Litventures

This blog is about my literary adventures in different genres. I like variety in my reading and will read books from most genres but particulary book with some literary merit.

The Hawley Book of the Dead

The Hawley Book of the Dead - Chrysler Szarlan

The blurb of the book sounded very interesting: Reve Dyer moves to an old abandoned house (or rather a village) to protect herself and her children from the creature which just killed her husband. Reve and her husband used to be magicians with their own theater in Las Vegas. But Reve also has real magical abilities: she can dissolve herself into thin air.

All of this made me very curious about the book. But the fact was that The Hawley Book of the Dead really didn’t hold my interest for long periods of time. I often wanted to stop reading it altogether.

First I had problems with the language which was a little too simple for my liking. Then it seemed like nothing was happening. And what bothered me most was that everyone in the village seemed to know what was going on but didn’t give Reeve (who was born and raised in that village) any clues. There were always hints that things were repeating themselves. But Reve was so slow in realizing what is happening, it was just frustrating.


(I received a free digital copy via Netgalley/the publisher. Thanks for the opportunity!)