The Color of Fear is just one of those new witch books for adults that murder mystery lovers will read with the lights on until the sun rises.
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The Perfect Recipe In The Color of Fear
Take out cauldron.
Toss in: Jan Karon’s small-town characters plus occult, murder, and mystery
Add a dash of: Romance with the boy next door, a spooky ass bookkeeper, an opinionated priest, and some waspy old ladies
Sprinkle: A pinch of corrupt government officials and secret family histories
Stir In: Strong, hell-bent women, affairs, suicides, murders, water phobias, and unplanned pregnancies
Let simmer. Stir precariously as everything is in jeopardy of exploding.
Your potion is done.
Enjoy The Color of Fear by Wendy Wanner.
With A Discovery of Witches hitting the big screen, I have a feeling witchy titles will be all the rage this fall. Thank GOSH Halloween is on its way.
This is truly my favorite time of year, and The Color of Fear is one of many witch books for adults that I hope you will pick up this season. Get ready for a suspenseful ending and a quirky cast of characters. Plus, it’s only $2.99 on Amazon, which is a steal for this newer indie novel.
Book Review of The Color of Fear By Wendy Wanner
Rachel’s life has been full of tragic deaths, starting with her parents drowning in a terrible boating accident and continuing with the unexpected suicide of her brother. With a reasonable phobia of water and drowning, Rachel looks to her parents’ circle of older society friends to keep her afloat. The only problem is that they keep on meeting doomed endings.
Murder is unexpected in the small town of Eastwood, MA where Rachel is a successful interior designer. An area filled with old wealth and historic homes, shady members lurk wanting to buy up the land for more commercial business ventures.
When Rachel’s clients and old family friends start dying with their houses immediately snatched up, she knows that there is more to the story than just old age. Does Eastwood have a serial killer on the loose? Or just a greedy land developer with a few get-rich-quick schemes up his sleeves?
Even weirder to the situation is the new morgue keeper. Shiver. Then, there is the cryptic symbol and swathes of cloth that start tying all of the murders together. Weird dreams. Tales of drowning witches. Lots of door bolting. With a strong religious presence backed by old Puritan values, abortion clinics and witches seem even less fathomable in Eastwood.
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Let’s not forget the romance, too. Douglas, Rachel’s childhood friend and secret admirer, decides to help in the quest to learn the meaning behind the mysterious symbols and Rachel’s troubled past. Of course, Douglas wants to be so much more than the boy next door and decides to make his move during all of the drama.
A good mystery wouldn’t end without an attempt on the protagonist’s life, a heroic sweetheart rescue, and a solid conclusion to the murders. Except…there are some magical elements because, well, witches.
More Than Your Average Cozy Murder Mystery For Adults
The Color of Fear has female characters that are as strong as my coffee—ok, that is a bad analogy because I love sugar and milk—and I applaud how not dainty they are. They accept death, end selfish love affairs, and leave crappy men behind, even if that means losing everything.
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Douglas is by far my favorite character. Wanner ensures that you know all of the characters well and grow to care about them. Douglas’ naivety and sincerity make him a real hunk of a lawyer. Thank gosh Rachel has him next door and sees his worth, even though she seems to have an excess of suitors. P.S. She looks like a pretty witch. So, just saying. Think about that little tidbit.
Initial Qualms With A Strong Ending
I did have a few minor struggles at the beginning of The Color of Fear and sometimes got restless. I am not a fan of the word ‘very’ for any description, which is used a few times. The word disappears once Wanner gets into the novel, though, and diction isn’t a problem.
My other qualm is that the beginning starts with so many names and characters all at once, I just couldn’t. To fight this, Wanner adds multiple qualifying descriptions with second and third introductions of characters, which then gets repetitive.
First names and last names used in different combinations became a distraction, for me. You might not have that same issue. I had to remember who Mr. So-So was when only his first name was used in earlier paragraphs. I am terrible with names and keeping track of the characters. Midway through, this naming confusion ends, and everyone is better fleshed out per person.
After the first 50 pages or so, the book jumps forward into a magnificently woven story worth reading.
You Want To Know How The Color of Fear Ends
Minus the initial minor setbacks, I couldn’t put down The Color of Fear. The characters explode with life and draw out your love and support. You learn not just about Rachel’s history but also the community’s story. This entire town and its inner workings matter; Eastwood, MA becomes your home too.
The murderous plot is above the standard of a cozy mystery, especially with the addition of Wiccan culture and sisterly solidarity. I look forward to Wanner’s next title as I think she is just getting into her writing groove.
You can find a copy here: Amazon
The Color of Fear Book Information:
The Color of Fear by Wendy Wanner [Indie Published, 2017]
I would like to thank author Wendy Wanner for personally sending me a free digital copy of The Color of Fear in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Wendy writes paranormal mysteries and is working on another book. You can read more about her here.
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