Hello, Sunshines, I have the pleasure to have been apart of the blog tour for; The Last Witch by Sabina Gabrielli Carrara, even though I am late in posting, I can’t wait to share this book and my review with you all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for the invite to this blog tour.
About the Book
The Last Witch by Sabina Gabrielli Carrara
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Series: A Seacross Mystery.
Publisher: The Green Bat
Back in 1974, the dormant Irish village of Seacross is shocked by the gruesome circumstances of young Margaret Morehouse’s death.
Forty-five years later history seems to repeat itself and the quiet life of the coastal Irish village is suddenly shaken by a series of ritualistic murders. Someone had broken the pact of secrecy to obtain justice, but if the truth comes out nobody will be spared, from the future Taoiseach to the local men of power.
I’ve not read any of Sabina Gabrielli Carrara’s books before, and even though my TBR is now Mount Everest sized and threatening to topple at any moment, I did really like the sound of this book – the cover alone caught my attention, but I was intrigued by the back blurb it’s sounded different to what I usually read so I pushed the little voice of sense telling me no more books I couldn’t say no, and I am so pleased I did. I thoroughly enjoyed Carrara’s insightful, full-bodied and intelligent writing which transports the reader to a mysterious little Irish village called Seacross where all is not exactly what it appears.
The story open’s up in 1974, in the village of Seacross with the horrendous death of a young girl; Margaret. The opening certainly sets the scene for the tense and twisty tale which follows, and in those few short pages of the prologue which have a darker undercurrent feel to them, which have us, readers, instantly hooked.
Fast forward forty-five years, the terrible event which shook the local village to its core all those years ago, is not forgotten as those guilty would hope. Now, solicitor David O’ Sullivan, his late father left him a mysterious letter which inside holds a secret which has been kept hidden, a secret only three others know off. A secret that once revealed could either lead to wealth or to something darker. This secret is one which is worth killing for, so it’s only a matter of time before David falls on his own laurels and becomes the victim of the conspiracy to keep the secret hidden.
Enter stage; Inspector Billy McCabe, I actually liked McCabe, his views are a little outdated, and he is definitely an ‘old-fashioned’ sort of Police – or should that be Garda? – officer, but I thought he is a marvellous character’s, he’s solid and focused, he is a stereotypical career bobby but with the addition of his wife and adorable dog, he is an all-rounder, I liked seeing the ‘at home’ Billy McCabe as well as the Inspector, it all gave his character real depth and you enjoy the ride as he figures out whodunnit.
I thought the prologue was a brilliant start, it was fast and intriguing, but I do think that the first couple of chapters after went a little slow for y liking, but not enough to impede the story, but it picked up the pace again soon enough.
The only thing I have against it is that the title is a little misleading, even though I had read the back blurb before reading and I knew that this was more thrilling/mystery I was still expecting more of a mention of Witches, not paranormal or supernatural I would have been happy with hearing about wise women healer type witches, but that’s just my personal opinion. Perhaps a different title would have been better?
I loved the setting of an unknown little Irish village in the back and beyond of nowhere, it’s has a bleak and eerie feel to it which I thought worked really well with the overall plot.
The Last Witch is a mind-blowing and addictive read, it’s full of suspense, mystery and full to the brim with intrigue. The writing is spot-on, the author has poured all her imagination and knowledge into a dramatic and twisty tale of secrets and lies.
Carrara has written a top-notch psychological mystery, she has you completely engrossed in the story from the first page, the Last Witch has a marvellous cast of characters, each one is brilliantly created there are times it feels as though you are right into their minds, you sense their every feeling which I think gives you a greater appreciation for the intricate plot and the superb writing.
About the Author
Italian Ireland-based author of murder mysteries with a psychological twist, after a degree in History and Philosophy and some experience in Human resources, Sabina decided to go back to her old passion: writing.
She is a published author in Denmark and currently living in the little village of Balrothery in North Co. Dublin with her husband, their two daughters and three dogs.