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Genres: Speculative Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: March 22nd 2018
Criminals are going missing. Felons or not, Detective Meeks is duty-bound to find them, with little to go on but a suspicious encounter between the latest missing person and a local business owner. As the case unravels, Meeks struggles to make sense of a world he thought he understood. Yet this twist of fate could be his chance to truly making a difference to the community he holds dear.
Amanda Solanke is used to making waves, but never with the police. The last person to see the latest missing criminal, she is dragged to the heart of a police investigation. A small business owner in the eyes of the community, behind closed doors Amanda and her partner Leona guard a magical secret. The closer they are watched, the closer Amanda and Leona come to facing the ultimate danger: exposure.
Finished Copy provided by Author in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
“The pleasantness had disappeared from Amanda’s features, in its place something more haunting.”
The Witch’s Touch is a short Urban Fantasy story that tells the tale of Meeks, a detective with the police force, and Leona and Amanda, small business owners of the community florist shop who harbors a deep secret. When the disappearance of a high profile criminal who was proven innocent goes missing, Meeks is assigned the case of finding him. However, when a lead brings Meeks and the couple together in the worst ways possible, Amanda and Leona will have to do everything they can to guard the secret that no one can know or risk the world finding out who she truly is.
From the first page I was completely immersed in the plot. Told in dual point of view from the perspective of Meeks and Leona–Amanda’s girlfriend– we get this entertaining and suspense driven story of magic and crime. At first, I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy this story as much as I did solely because of the length–however, I am proud to say that I was wrong! This story, even in its shortness, captivates you and keeps you on your toes as you try to figure out the characters next moves and the secrets they are keeping.
Every page brought a different twist to the plot that kept the pace alive and going, which I was totally here for. However, I did feel like character development was pushed to the way side in order to get those plot twists and elements into such a short story. I did connect more to Leona than any of the other characters as we get more of an internal struggle and depth to her, where as Amanda along with Meeks and his partner felt more one note and flat.
Overall, I highly enjoyed my time in this world Wylor-Owens created, and I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes a quick and gripping Urban Fantasy that will leave you enchanted and intrigued from start to finish.
Huge thank you to Rosie Wylor-Owen for sending me a finished copy for my honest review!