Thursday, December 6, 2012

WAIL by J.S. Wayne

Publisher: self-published
Date published: 10/1/2012
ISBN: 978-1479330867
paranormal suspense/horror
Reviewed by Helen
Weblink: needs amazon link.
Obtained via author

Heather Kelly is unexpectedly pregnant, her military husband is serving in Afghanistan, and she travels to Ireland to learn about her family history. Here she meets a huge cast of characters both human and other, good and bad, as she gradually unravels the tangled skein of yarn that leads her back to the secret hidden in her family tree.
This paranormal/horror/suspense novel incorporates fascinating elements of Irish folklore, myths, and historical legends. As Heather seeks information all sorts of interesting facets are interwoven into the story, both paranormal and historical.
As is only to be expected in such a long novel (652 pages), as well as a wide ranging set of scenes and backgrounds, there’s a huge cast of characters, many of whom are nicely developed to add to the breadth and depth of the book. I’d really like to meet some of these people again and learn more about them.
Mr. Wayne has dealt with the tension of the book very well, always keeping it there in an understated way, never letting it get out of hand, but also never letting the reader forget that this book and some of the characters in it, have a dark side too.
The ending is brilliantly handled, understated but still a surprise, leaving the reader pondering a range of possibilities until the very last page.
Note: This book is not a romance.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am SO sorry I didn't see this sooner! Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Helen!


J.S. Wayne