A suspenseful tale of both ancient and modern horror, Witch is a breath of fresh air in this time of zombie trending and vampire romance. Patterson returns to the roots of the genre, generating a natural sense of foreboding that builds and builds, while at the same time maintaining a stylized tone that is both bleak and beautiful at onceâ€”comparable to that of Clive Barker.
The interweaving storylines, moving between both modern day and 16th century Scotland, reveal the scope of a horror that transcends time and placeâ€”a supernatural force, malevolent and unrelenting. As Detective Jamie McFadden delves deeper into the mystery surrounding an unnatural death, he unknowingly taps the well of a greater mysteryâ€”one that has spanned the ages, and will test the bounds of his sanity.
Underneath the overarching story are themes of religious persecution/mass hysteria, female oppression/retribution, the psychological scars of war, and the thin line between reality and madness.
The characters are well drawn and it would seem a great deal of care was taken in the development of the narrative structure. Though the plot is fragmented by the alternating storylines throughout, the work still retains a fluid movement that lends itself to the dreamlike nature of the content.
Overall, I was very impressed by the book. My one complaint is that at 93 pages itâ€™s a rather quick readâ€”but I guarantee youâ€™ll be coming back for more.
Pattersonâ€™s is a new and exciting voice in the field of horror fiction, and definitely one to follow in the future.
Book Review: Witch – Author Lorne Patterson