The Hawley Book of the Dead – Quick Review

The Hawley Book of the Dead: A Novel
On the morning of the day that Reve Maskelyne shoots and kills her husband, Jeremy, she smells lilacs in the desert. Once cleared of wrong-doing, and armed with a cryptic note from her grandmother, Reve takes her three daughters and flees the deserts of Nevada for the forests of New England.Back home in Hawley Five Corners, Reve, now going by her maiden name of Revelation Dyer, is besieged with rumors of mysterious disappearances and unexpected reappearances. When her twin girls go missing, she is forced to call on every ounce of magical power and secret history to unravel the web of darkness that surrounds her.

Likened to “A Discovery of Witches,”, “The Hawley Book of the Dead” has its good points, its confusing “why is this relevant?” moments, and a plot twist that reaches back into Irish-Celtic legend. I had a hard time getting into the books ate first, but once I was in, I was in. I give it 3.5 stars, mainly for the constant POV switches, and the introduction of characters late in the game who only served the purpose of pointing to some secret that Reve needed to uncover.

Next up: One-Eyed Jack



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