The Witching Tree, a review by Tanya

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The Witching Tree (Book 3 of Natalie Lockhart series)
by Alice Blanchard

336 pages
Published Dec 2021 by Minotaur Books

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About the Book

Welcome to Burning Lake, a small, isolated town with a dark history of witches and false accusations. Now, a modern-day witch has been murdered, and Detective Natalie Lockhart is reluctantly drawn deep into the case, in this atmospheric mystery from Alice Blanchard, The Witching Tree.

As legend has it, if you carve your deepest desire into the bark of a Witch Tree, then over time as the tree grows, it will swallow the carvings until only a witch can read them.

Until now.

Detective Natalie Lockhart gained unwanted notoriety when she and her family became front and center of not one, but two sensational murder cases. Now she’s lost her way. Burned out and always looking over her shoulder, Natalie desperately thinks that quitting the police force is her only option left.

All that changes when a beloved resident–a practicing Wiccan and founder of the town’s oldest coven–is killed in a fashion more twisted and shocking than Natalie has ever seen before, leaving the town reeling. Natalie has no choice but to help solve the case along with Detective Luke Pittman, her boss and the old childhood friend she cannot admit she loves, even to herself. There is a silent, malignant presence in Burning Lake that will not rest. And what happens next will shock the whole town, and Natalie, to the core.

My Review

The Witching Tree starts at an action level 8 and never lets up! It was so good!

I’m not sure where I was when Books 1 and 2 of this series were released but I really missed out.  I’m definitely a fan of this author now and will need to read all of her future books!

The storyline was so interesting, the action was fast-paced.  The mystery unfolds along at a good pace with no down time in the story.  Characters are well-written with both good and bad guys.

There was a fair amount of references to actions that took place in Books 1 and 2 (some really crazy stuff!) that are big time spoilers to those plotlines so I’ll be continuing on from here instead of starting at the beginning.

For all my fellow Thriller readers, do yourself a favor and start at Book 1, soon!  Blanchard is a great storyteller and this series is a can’t be missed in the Thriller genre.

 

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