Author: Jill Benson
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Rating: 1 Star
When children start going missing in three small towns on the outskirts of Kansas City, KBI field agents Rick Holland and Lucy Stuart are assigned the cases. While searching for the first child, the team stumbles across the body of a young woman. The circumstances of her death are eerily similar to a cold case that Agent Holland has been working on for years, a case that holds special significance for him.
Can this 31-year-old unsolved murder have a connection to the missing children? Holland begins to think maybe it does, and he and Stuart enlist the help of Dr. Maggie Fry, a specialist in folklore and oral history, who happens to believe she is the reincarnation of a 17th century witch.
After a series of unexplainable events, the agents must suspend their disbelief and travel into the bizarre and frightening world of witchcraft in order to discover what happened to the children and grapple with their own personal demons.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Witch by Jill Benson wasn’t for me. It sounded interesting, it had some excellent reviews, and for the most part, I was intrigued by the author’s initial description of the witch. I thought, “This will be perfect to read this Halloween season!” But at just 4% in, I DNF’d the book.
I was bored, and couldn’t connect with any of the characters. The book’s initial chapters told one short supernatural scene after another as the myriad of characters encountered the witch… but the narrative was bogged down by over-description of the scenes and characters’ backstories that weren’t necessary. The author’s narrative voice was present for every character and made them all sound the same – which was a particular problem for the two tween boys. They didn’t sound their age.
By the end of the 4th character switch, I was over it. The book and its narrative style didn’t draw me in. It was slow-paced. Someone else may appreciate this more, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I encourage you to try and push past the initial chapters if you can because I’ve heard from other readers that it gets significantly better, I just had no interest in doing so. It shouldn’t take four chapters to get into a story.