I love a good witch book, perhaps it is a throwback to my umpteenth great grandmother who was a convicted witch? The fact that this took place in Salem , MA was the icing on the cake for me. The main male character, Coop, has a past in Salem, a past he really doesn’t want to confront. BUT his job as a travel destination writer demands he go and cover a witch’s funeral and the town’s Festival of the Dead.
Of course, he has to go, and the writer really made me feel his angst at not wanting to go, by the time he got to Logan Airport, I wanted him to turn back, go back to Florida where he was happy, quit his job and find a new life. but that would have made a very short story. When he checks into the bed and breakfast, he has a few moments of ….frustration… with the desk person. She seems to know more about him than he lets on, but the banter is playful, and Coop finds himself reeled in like a fish reluctant to be caught, fighting the whole time. Then the really creepy things start to happen. Coop only trusts himself, does not believe in the supernatural and is there just to do an article and get the heck out of Salem, before his past catches up with him.
For me, the fun of the book was the banter between Coop and Finn. The way they interact was just amazing to read. The meat and bones of the book was Coop’s acceptance of his past and the mystery surrounding the death of Coop’s father. Who did it? There are several good candidates and we are never quite sure until the end. We witness Coop slowly changing his mind about the supernatural with the help of Finn. Finn is a “be open to anything” and the perfect counterpoint to Coop’s rigidness in only believing in what he can physically touch.
For Coop, in the first chapter of the book, it is all about the moments; The Moment Before and After Disappointment, The Moment Before and After Heartbreak, The Moment Before and After Humiliation, and one other doozy. I found more moments in the book. The Moment Before and After You Realize You Can’t Outrun Your Past, The Moment Before and After You Realize You Are in Love, The Moment Before and After You Realize Your Mother ….oh…wait…that one would be telling….
This book is one of those that sticks with you for a while. I have pulled it out three times since the first time reading it, so yeah, it is well worth it to escape to Salem for a while with this book.
My likes: Coop and Finn are two of those adorable characters that you can sink your teeth into; they had to work for their HEA; the flirty, sassy banter; the whole mystery of Coop’s father’s death; and the tiny bit of occult that works its way in -not too over the top, it is tiny things here and there that make it believable. The book is well plotted, and is full of twists and turns. Once I got into it, I could not put it down!
Title: Cursed be the Wicked
Author: J.R. Richardson
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Get Your Copy: Amazon
Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.
The city holds nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights by the name of Finnley Pierce. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart.
By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.