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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Water Witch by Deborah LeBlanc

Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
Pages: 290

From the Cover: Dunny knew from an early age what it meant to be an outsider. Her special abilities earned her many names, like freak and water witch. So she vowed to keep her powers a secret. But now her talents may be the only hope of two missing children. A young boy and girl have vanished, feared lost in the mysterious Louisiana bayous. But they didn’t just disappear, they were taken. And amid the ghosts and spirits of the swamp, there is a danger worse than any other, one with very special plans for the children—and for anyone who dares to interfere.

Dunny has always been special. Since she was a little girl, she has had a secret. She has an extra digit on the right hand and that extra digit has always been able to do weird things. Like finding the right place to dig a water well, like finding oil on the Pop's land that helps take care of her and her sister, Angelle, after their parents death. The thing is that when people find out what she can do, they call her a freak, but they want her to do those things for them.

Dunny is all grown up now and has hidden her special gift all of her life. She wondered why her parents didn't have the extra digit removed when she was born, but it's a part of her now. Angelle has married and moved from the hot dry plains of Texas to the bayous of Louisiana. Now strange things are happening to Dunny, a rag tag hound dog, Fritter, has taken up residence on her farm. He seems to know when bad things are going to happen. So, when Angelle calls Dunny begging her to come to Louisiana, Fritter goes nuts as if warning her of the evil to come.

Children have disappears from Angelle's classroom, and she fears the worse. But Dunny has always been able to find misplaced objects, maybe she can find the children too. When Dunny arrives, it's to find Gelle's life in disarray. Her husband's grandmother, Poochie, has moved in with them and Poochie is wild, Cajun, and may know more than everyone thinks. In fact, maybe she has her own special gift. Gelle is beside herself and losing touch with reality. Dunny has to get her grounded and the children found for them all to find peace.

Water Witch by Deborah LeBlanc was a mystery thriller with a paranormal twist. It was an interesting read that was a fun ride as well as a read that involved the sick part of society that there's just no explaining. What drives the villain in this story over the edge is unknown. But he creates his own world that invokes spirits, both malicious and those seeking to help in the here and now. I tried, but could not figure out his mind set. This tale is a little bit ghost story, romance (but not until the very end of the tale), mystery, and thriller. It was impossible to predict the villain until the last few pages when the events and characters fell into place. Combine all of this with the gorgeous backdrop from the hot desert of Texas into the incredibly humid bayous of Louisiana, and the setting helps tell the story. The Cajun influence brings a whole new flavor to the story that was fun and shows a lifestyle almost forgotten. The story would lose a lot without Poochie's presence throughout. This was a fast read that kept me guessing. For more information about Deborah LeBlanc or her books, please visit her website.

Here's a peek at the book trailer.

16 comments:

Leontine said...

This reminds me of a movie I once saw, it is at the tip of my tongue....gggrrr, I can't remember it.

Anyway, I love a good mystery with a PNR twist and will check this one out Dottie :)

Cecile said...

Well, you know all you have to tell me that it is out of Louisiana and I going to want it!!!
And now with your review... I definitely want it!! Great job Dottie!!
Hope all is well today honey!!!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Leontine!

When you remember the movie, let me know. It will be a must watch.

Lots of things going on in the bayous.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Cecile!

I'll send it your way sweetie!

It will be Thursday or Friday before I can put it in the mail.

Dottie :)

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Dottie,
Sounds like an interesting story.
Hm extra digit? What, do they mean like an extra finger or something?

Stephanie said...

This looks good - I tend to always read romance and UF so this would be a change of pace.

Chris said...

Sounds intriguing!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi B!

Yep, a digit is a finger (in this case, lol). She has an extra smaller finger next to her pinky finger (her little finger). It's big enough that she can hide it in the palm of her hand or slip it the last finger in a glove next to her pinky finger. In the books, she calls it her dowsing finger (dowsing means a locator of sorts, or a divining object, as in the name of the book, a water witching or finder). It's an interesting concept that makes the book all that much more interesting.

Dottie :)

Cecile said...

((((Huggs to you honey)))))

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Stephanie!

I read a lot of UF, paranormal romance, fantasy, YA, and romance, but I have a soft spot for the mysteries and thrillers. Seems I can't make up my mind and stick to a genre, lol. All good reading though.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Chris!

Very interesting and fun, but with the undertones of a sick mind doing shocking things. But it was good!

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Cecile!

(((hugs right back at cha babe)))

Dottie :)

Barbara said...

I really enjoyed your review, Dottie. This book sounds like one my mom would really enjoy! She loves books like this.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Barbara!

Yeah, I think I remember you saying she liked this kind of book. I think she'd like it, it was kind of a supernatural read, but a mystery just the same.

Dottie :)

Blodeuedd said...

Thought as much, but I have sure never heard it used in that way. Weird, but cool :)

Left you an award over at my place
Award

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi B!

Thanks for the award :)

For some reason, here in the states, people call fingers digits. I'm not totally sure why, it could be because you can count on fingers and toes (numbers = digits) or maybe because of the bone structure.

I remember in grade school, a teacher asked me how many digits I had, I looked at him and told him that I didn't have any. lol.

Dottie :)

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