by Carla Cook
Category: Fiction / Horror
307 pages; ISBN: 07114500599
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Ten months ago, six-year-old Gina Marlowe’s father died so when the little girl had trouble sleeping her mother Katherine is not surprised. However, Gina fears that in her sleep she will enter the dark tunnel and never return. Katherine panics when she enters Gina’s room to find her daughter not breathing. Not willing to wait for 911, Katherine rushes Gina to the nearby hospital where miraculously the youngster awakens with no apparent physical effect.
Magician Lucas Connelly senses an evil that he knows he must fight though he does not comprehend why him or the identity of his foe. Lucas realizes that he must protect Gina, but when he approaches Katherine, she rejects his premise that her daughter is in grave danger from a malevolent force. Still Katherine finds herself falling in love with Lucas, which reinforces her doubts that this man might be the evil out to destroy her beloved child.
THE MAGICIAN is a spellbinding horror tale that contains a secondary romantic subplot. The story line is filled with action from the moment the beleaguered mom realizes that her child is near death till the finish as Lucas struggles with rage and his past lives relationships with Katherine. The characters make the tale as the audience will believe in the wicked villain and the reincarnation of the lead couple as well as the metaphysical attack on Gina. Carla Cook conjures up a strong thriller that will charm the paranormal crowd.
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