More books for the spooky season!
Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press for the free copy in exchange for my honest review
THE SUMMONING – JP Smith (Released September 7th, 2021)
When it comes to contacting the dead, it’s easy to go a step too far
Every year, as the anniversary of 9/11 inches closer on the calendar, Kit Capriol scans the memorials published in the New York Times. It’s a simple thing to look up a name and phone number, to reach out to surviving family members who might still be yearning for connection with their lost loved one… to offer assistance. After her husband went down in the north tower, Kit scraped by as an actress, barely supporting herself and her daughter. But now Zoey is in the hospital, bills are due, and the acting work has dried up. Becoming a medium is almost too easy for someone used to pretending for a living—and desperate clients aren’t hard to come by.
Now, though, something has changed. The seances Kit holds in her apartment are starting to feel unsettlingly real, and the intriguing man she met at a local bar could be more complicated than he seems. As the voices of the dead grow louder in her head and the walls of her apartment close in, Kit realizes that despite her daughter’s absence, she hasn’t been quite as alone as she thought…
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars
It’s that time of year to start getting in all the spooky books we possibly can! THE SUMMONING ended up being so much more than a just a paranormal mystery. Our main character is still dealing with her loss and working through her grief from the events of 9/11 as she lost her husband that day. A struggling actress, Kit is in need of cash, so she decides to become a medium. Helping those communicate with their loved ones that have passed to provide closure isn’t a bad thing, right? One day she begins to actually hear the dead speaking to her and her seances become far more real. Is she in danger? Why is this happening now? I’m really happy that this wasn’t over the top when it came to the paranormal aspect – sometimes it can make you roll your eyes and that didn’t happen here! This was my first book by Smith and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more!