The Summoning: A gripping psychological thriller Book Cover The Summoning: A gripping psychological thriller
Secrets of Redemption Book 4
Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)
Psychological Suspense
Love-Based Publishing
October 27, 2020
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None of this was supposed to happen.

It all started so innocently. Charlie only stopped in Redemption, Wisconsin, because she was lost.

She never meant to stay.

She never meant to fall in love.

She never meant to bring the danger she was running from into this wholesome midwestern town.

Except Redemption had some secrets of its own ... and they were even more deadly than what she was trying to escape.

This book ends in a cliffhanger that's resolved in Book 5 "The Reckoning" (now available for preorder with a Dec 22, 2020 release date).

Reviewed by Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team  

My first book in this series and my first book by this author and even knowing it was a cliffhanger I started reading and couldn’t put it down.

 

Charlotte (Charlie) Kingsley is on the run from her abusive fiance Alan, a fiance she tried to leave only to be pushed down a flight of steps and nearly killed. Her fear of Alan and what he could do has forced her to try to outrun him; only the car she borrowed decided to break down in Redemption, Wisconsin. She is forced to have the car fixed and find lodging and what she hoped would be a short stay was anything but.

 

She was lucky to find friends who embraced her immediately, Claire the waitress she met at the cafe and Jonathan the mechanic who although married rings all her bells. Jonathan has secrets and like Charlie can’t seem to stay clear of her. Redemption is believed to be a town that summons people to it, those people it wants and gets rid of the people it doesn’t want and apparently Charlie was summoned.

 

Afraid to take money out of her trust fund for fear it will alert Alan to where she is and she goes to her sister for help. Annabelle means well but takes Alan’s side over Charlie’s convinced that her fall was an accident and does everything she can to force Charlie back home to confront Alan face to face. Charlie is torn between leaving and staying because it seems that the town is pulling her to stay. 

 

Everyone of the people she has met want her to stay and are willing to protect her but something happens, she visits the Witch House owned by Helen Blackstone, a house from her dreams, a house she believes is her destiny and even with an offer to buy it her fear still insists she leave. There is no doubt that Redemption is a town filled with secrets but it wants her and she wants it. She feels at home but whether she stays and buys Witch House is not for me to say.

 

This book held me from beginning to end, secrets, mystery, amazing characters and whispers of a storm coming, whispered words telling her she must leave, she is in danger and whispered words saying the opposite. Although this is a cliffhanger I will only have to wait a month to get all the answers (I hope) so I write this review and look forward to my next visit to Redemption,  Wisconsin.

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