The Summoning, a review by Tanya

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The Summoning
JP Smith

221 pages
Published Sept 2021 by Poisoned Pen Press

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About the Book:

When it comes to contacting the dead, it’s easy to go a step too far

Every year, as the anniversary of 9/11 inches closer on the calendar, Kit Capriol scans the memorials published in the New York Times. It’s a simple thing to look up a name and phone number, to reach out to surviving family members who might still be yearning for connection with their lost loved one… to offer assistance. After her husband went down in the north tower, Kit scraped by as an actress, barely supporting herself and her daughter. But now Zoey is in the hospital, bills are due, and the acting work has dried up. Becoming a medium is almost too easy for someone used to pretending for a living—and desperate clients aren’t hard to come by.

Now, though, something has changed. The seances Kit holds in her apartment are starting to feel unsettlingly real, and the intriguing man she met at a local bar could be more complicated than he seems. As the voices of the dead grow louder in her head and the walls of her apartment close in, Kit realizes that despite her daughter’s absence, she hasn’t been quite as alone as she thought…

My Review:

This book sounded so creepy!  For those readers who get scared easily, the good news is that this is more of a mystery/light thriller with just a touch of the supernatural.  There are a couple of small creepy parts, but they aren’t that bad at all.

So go on and pick this one up. Don’t be scared!

The character of Kit was not very likable to me.  Understanding the position she was in and feeling empathetic for her, I tried really hard to understand her decisions. But there were several that I was very frustrated with, the biggest one….if she needed money why couldn’t she go get a regular job? Has she not heard of being a waitress?  I don’t know…

The mystery was interesting though.  The reveals from the author throughout the book kept my interest and had me reading the book in 1 day.  The overall story was probably a 3 from me but the fact that I just had to know how it ended was the biggest draw of this story.

Thank you to #PoisonedPenPress for this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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