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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