Book Review-The Witch's Revenge-Danny Odato | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The Witch's Revenge-Danny Odato

Thursday, March 27, 2014


The last place I would ever have expected a novel about a witch to take place was in a small town in India. But that is exactly where this takes place. A small, very close knit community who watch out for each other and follow the Hindu religion faithfully. All the women congregate and talk daily, help each other out. The husbands are good family men who take care of their families. But--a generation ago something happened and it has come back to haunt them. Only a few people would even remember this occurrence. The children are either dying or being maimed. The people are petrified and really have no idea why all this is happening.

A single woman has moved into their village and pretty much stays to herself. It would be pretty easy to blame her for all that is happening but the villagers decide to wait it out and see. Things get even worse and the entire village is in mourning-the men decide they need a holy man to come and help them. Events come to a head but I can't tell you or I'll give away the plot and the ending. Yes, this is certainly worth the read especially if you like suspense and mystery. I would not recommend this book for teens-it could give them nightmares!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

In Harangul, a village in the Latur district of Maharashtra, the Nehra family wakes up to what they believe is an ordinary day. But things are about to take a dark turn in the little village when a mysterious old woman moves into the abandoned house next door.

Padma, a simple woman, is married to Mohan, a hardworking tailor. They have four children and are raising them in a loving, traditional Hindu family. They enjoy the culture of their small community and rely on their many friends, elders, and traditions to lead happy and spiritual lives. But soon after the arrival of the strange woman next door, a child is involved in a horrible, fatal incident. Another child becomes seriously ill, and a woman falls to her death from her roof. Then Padma’s own family suffers a tragic loss.

Mohan and Padma seek spiritual advice, to no avail, and the authorities offer no assistance. Finally in desperation, as things become more bizarre in the colony, a party of brave men ventures out to seek a strong baba from far away. With faith, strength, and a very strong sense of community, the people of Harangul work tirelessly to free their home from the grasp of a terrible evil presence—a daayan who threatens their very existence.

The Witch’s Revenge is a striking novel that seamlessly blends Indian tradition with suspense and horror—a book eloquently presented by a gifted new storyteller.

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About the Author: (from Outskirts Press)


Born in Italy in 1953, Danny Odato, a father of four, had to provide for his family at a young age instead of following his dream of writing. With The Witch’s Revenge, his debut novel, his dream has finally come true.

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16 comments :

Marika from Mystery Sequels said...

Thanks for another great review. I love reading about new books to add to my TBR shelf, especially when they're in the genre that I love: intrigue, mystery, horror...yum!

Masshole Mommy said...

I feel like you've been on a roll lately with all these great books that I want to add to my reading list. This one is definitley up my alley!

Sharon Martin said...

I love the sound of this one, great review. Adding this to my books to read for sure.

savannah said...

I love how you say blends Indian tradition! One of my favorite things about reading and discovering new things about different places or people. I may be adding this to my overly long TBR pile lol

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Interesting story line! Now that my son is on school break, I have more time to read books. :)

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

not for teens because of nightmares--I guess I better stay away too---I'm easily frightened!

Jennifer Van Huss said...

Interesting book. Does it go into a lot of graphic detail? Or is it more implied? That would be a big factor if I was to read the book. I like the story concept!

becca said...

the title of this book alone had my attention. It is definitely something I would read.

mail4rosey said...

You're right, that is a unique setting!! That's what books are for though...exploring any and everything. :)

Leelo R said...

Great review and seems this book is really interesting!

Theresa Mahoney said...

This sounds like a scary book! Kind of like the Blair Witch Project in India lol

Heather Swarthout said...

I love the cover of the book! Sounds very intriguing. (lilbittypanda at aol dot com)

Jenn said...

I love your reviews. This seems like another good one very interesting and one I couldnt put down

Jamie F said...

Another great read from you! Thanks for sharing!

Kristal Deane said...

It's really interesting that the setting is India. I really don't want any nightmares so maybe I'll stay away from this. But great review! :)

Missie said...

This one sounds awesome, I love how they blend traditions!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

 
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