About the Book by Edita Petrick
When a horribly scarred man knocks on the door of Stella Hunter’s ramshackle cottage in upstate Montana, she lets him in. What’s there to lose? The book critics killed her chances to warn the world about myths and legends behind the myths and legends.
But once the man pushes a book smudged with bloody fingerprints across the table, Stella sees a glimmer of hope. She may yet repair her academic reputation. She may re-establish her credibility within the scientific community and she may vindicate her ‘peace-taker’ theory. She may also be murdered by anyone standing next to her if her theory is correct.
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Author Edita Petrick / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 320 Pages
In this novel, you spend most of your time with Stella and Carter. They are interesting characters as they stand. They are thrown together in a search against time to prevent harm to others and to catch the culprit. They will bring out the best in each other.
Carter is a government ‘contractor’ who has been investigating a particular businessman. He’s pretty sure he’s behind a violent phenomenon that has occurred. He seeks out Stella for her knowledge of legends and folklore that spans many cultures. I enjoyed getting to know both of them and hope to see them working together again in the future.
I felt that the way the author let us get to know other characters in each geographically separate incident was especially powerful. The theme of how our own anger can and does harm us was an important one. The pacing of the novel was good. I read this book on a vacation day from work. It was time well spent.
About the Author
By profession, I’m an engineer and ten years ago, I left a corporate job to concentrate on writing. It was perhaps the scariest thing I’ve done. Of course, there were other considerations at the time, life, kids, economy and my mother who was battling cancer. I wrote as means of staying grounded because I had to hold it together. There was no one else to pitch in. There wasn’t a single moment that I didn’t have doubts about whether what I was doing was the right thing or not, but doubts come and go, while the need to write goes on forever. Since 2005 I’ve published 5 books and this year alone I have 6 new ones coming out. I live in Toronto with my family and our two pets – wheaten terriers. And whenever I’m tempted to look back, and start second-guessing my past decisions, I sit behind the computer and start another book. At least for me, that’s a cure-all.