Critiques Corner; Open Window, Truth from the Shadows
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“Monday morning came barreling at me, aimed with precision and relentless anxiety. My stomach lurched with the alarm clock. Bleary-eyed from nightmares, my body was stiff and sore from clenching myself tightly as I had drifted through the fearful night. When I slept it felt as though I was being haunted by evil. The figure and energy of the shadowy man in the tattered suit was burned into my psyche, and I couldn't shake him off this morning.”
Open Window, Truth from the Shadows grips you from the first page until the last.
As we're introduced to Alex Wells and her psychic ability, author Courtney Harvey writes in a way that invites you into the novel, making you feel everything Alex feels. One page after another, the reader wants to cry, laugh, scream and tremble right alongside the character.
Being a teenager, Alex already feels misunderstood and overwhelmed with life, but she never imagined that her power, her special gift would put a wedge between her and everyone, everything familiar to her. Never dreaming that she could meet her own demise if she wasn't careful.
As Alex struggles to convince her therapist mother of the power she's known since childhood, she also discovers a whole new world filled with love and unending support.
Anyone who has ever been to a psychic reading and even remotely recognized the clues they were given, will be enthralled with Open Window. There is a recognition of spirits connecting with the earthly world that will make you want to learn more, to connect with the other side and find the answers to those never ending questions.
With each book we read, there is a desire to learn from it and find some familiarity in the character. This book is sure to be one of those, as the epilogue of the book rings true and states, “Through everything, I have come to know that life is a series of circles. Every person we meet, every situation we encounter, whether good or bad, will come back to us eventually to reveal its purpose. The circles intertwine through the circumstances that we experience and teach us lessons for our lives. Our circles leave impressions, like footprints in the sand, waiting to mold the water that flows over it, giving purpose to every step we take.”
Courtney Harvey is an art teacher and lives with her husband and three daughters in Bangor. Open Window, Truth from the Shadows is her debut novel. Harvey hopes to make this a three-novel series, but quips, “Who knows what the muses will decide!”
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