Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert Reviewed by Jayne O'hagan

 544 pages
Published April 7th 2008 by Bantam Books Ltd

Can you really enter someone's mind- and fine pure evil?

Gabriel Blackstone has an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also able to enter the minds of others. But he uses his gifts only reluctantly- until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to find her stepson, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters. And so Gabriel visits Monk House, a place where time seems to stand still, and where the rooms are dominated by the coded symbol of a cross and circle. As winter closes in. Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by the owners, the beautiful and mysterious Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he knows one of them is a deadly killer.
But which one? And what is the secret they are so determined to protect?

My review:~
I came across this book at my local community centre & i think the cover drew me in. The cover i've got has a crow beak open as if in a cry & a woman mainly her eye & in her eye is a symbol which looks to me like a woman (very hard to explain).
I was drawn in by the prologue it was captivating. The story centre's around Gabriel & he lives in London he steals information for a living, a computer hacker, with the help of his friend Isidore, mainly from big companies. He is contacted by a guy called William Whittington as his son had disappeared & he'd been given Gabriel's name as he was able to visit other people's minds. Gabriel wasn't interested in taking the job & told William. Then William mentioned the name Cecily Frankz, known as Frankie to everyone. The mere mention of her name stopped Gabriel in his tracks sending his memories for long ago & changed everything. He meets the Monk sisters, Morrighan & Minnaloushe, realizes straight away there's more to them than meets the eye but by then he's too drawn to them & intrigued by them that he seems to lose himself around them.That did make me a little mad as to me its saying that men can't help themselves around beautiful women but if they'd been ugly or less beautiful he wouldn't of been captivated by them.Yet Gabriel didn't know what he was getting into & it was going to change his life & everything stands for. Once he's boarded the ride he's on it till the end no matter what.
I really enjoyed this book & found it very hard to put down. There was maybe one or two chapters that was a little slow but they was needed to explain the rest of the story. In between most of the chapters there was an extract from a diary which i liked even when they didn't make any sense to me till i'd finished the whole book.
Its a book that will stay with you long after you've read it. I would recommend it i enjoyed it a lot. I really could go on & on but i'd end up spoiling it for everyone.

Jayne O'Hagan
First Reviewed: 30th Nov 2010


  1. wats the ending?

  2. im a bit confuse with the ending.. wat happened to gab and morrighan? the epilogue is a bit confusing.. thanks


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