For fans of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and A Discovery of Witches comes a brilliantly imagined debut novel brimming with rich history, suspense, and magic.
Revelation “Reve” Dyer grew up with her grandmother’s family stories, stretching back centuries to Reve’s ancestors, who founded the town of Hawley Five Corners, Massachusetts. Their history is steeped in secrets, for few outsiders know that an ancient magic runs in the Dyer women’s blood, and that Reve is a magician whose powers are all too real.
Reve and her husband are world-famous Las Vegas illusionists. They have three lovely young daughters, a beautiful home, and what seems like a charmed life. But Reve’s world is shattered when an intruder alters her trick pistol and she accidentally shoots and kills her beloved husband onstage.
Fearing for her daughters’ lives, Reve flees with them to the place she has always felt safest—an antiquated farmhouse in the forest of Hawley Five Corners, where the magic of her ancestors reigns, and her oldest friend—and first love—is the town’s chief of police. Here, in the forest, with its undeniable air of enchantment, Reve hopes she and her girls will be protected.
Delving into the past for answers, Reve is drawn deeper into her family’s legends. What she discovers is The Hawley Book of the Dead, an ancient leather-bound journal holding mysterious mythic power. As she pieces together the truth behind the book, Reve will have to shield herself and her daughters against an uncertain, increasingly dangerous fate. For soon it becomes clear that the stranger who upended Reve’s life in Las Vegas has followed her to Hawley—and that she has something he desperately wants.
Brimming with rich history, suspense, and magic, The Hawley Book of the Dead is a brilliantly imagined debut novel from a riveting new voice.
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Revelation Dyer’s world is thrown into turmoil when her husband, Jeremy, is killed during a magic stunt and while she is working through the loss an evil spector looms over her and her family which drives her to the mysterious Hawley Five Corners for safety.
This book was off to a great start, the pace was great, the characters interesting and the mix of magic, both staged and natural, were intriguing but then they arrived in Hawley and things started to slow down and while each and every piece of information found did tie into Jeremy’s death, some of which I found quite interesting, it just felt like constant pulling of teeth to get to the finale. Some things I understood as to why we only received what we did and had to wait and see how they fit, but once the incident with Fai and Grace happened the ‘we can’t tell you’ explanation got old. Towards the end the pace does pick up and the pieces do fall into place, there are some things that are left open ended, but the main mystery is solved and I felt that it was done satisfactorily.