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- Print Length: 181 pages
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- Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (6 April 2018)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B079YY2DBX
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Medium Wave: The Dead Can Talk But Who Can Hear Them. (Becky Moran Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Despite being a confirmed sceptic I do enjoy reading paranormal fiction so was immediately drawn to Medium Wave and I wasn't disappointed. This is an engaging story with an intriguing plot which switches effortlessly between light and dark.
Becky Moran is a fake medium and as such would ordinarily be the villain of the piece but her empathetic nature means she retains her likeability even though she has spent years fooling the gullible or desperate. Her life takes a dramatic turn, however, when she touches a four hundred year old crystal which once belonged to Dr John Dee, Royal Astronomer to Elizabeth the First. Suddenly Becky really can see dead people - most just want her to pass messages on but there are also malevolent spirits whose simple phrase, "We are here", is utterly terrifying. Becky now has a gift which means she can bring comfort and hope to people - but she becomes increasingly aware that she may face a battle for her very soul...
Much of the book is concerned with Becky's efforts to adjust to her new awareness of the spirit world, and the reaction of her radio station colleagues to her revelations. As co-conspirators to her fakery, some are sceptical of her new-found abilities but others are convinced when she tells them things she couldn't possibly have known. This is just the first book in the series and I'm looking forward to seeing how some of the characters are developed in later books. I felt this was very much a plot driven novel and perhaps characters were described a little superficially - we read often that Becky wears her trademark Louboutins; Hugh drinks too much vodka; Aiden sports bow ties and a prodigious stomach and Sarah wears second-hand mismatched clothes (and clearly goes to the wrong shops, none of the used clothes I've bought have ever smelled of moth balls or mould!) - but don't necessarily learn what actually drives them. I'm sure there is more to come in later books though and it'll be fascinating to see beyond their physical traits and habits and to witness how the interactions between the team who work at Voice of Britain proceed following the shocking developments in Medium Wave.
Although the narrative is mostly quite light with a good mix of the humorous and poignant, there is an overlying sense of foreboding about the plot, and towards the end the tension increases dramatically as Medium Wave becomes a much more chilling book. I was genuinely surprised by the startling events that occur later in the novel and the little twist at the end means I'm intrigued to find out what will happen next. Medium Wave is a thoroughly enjoyable book which is a satisfying tale in its own right but also sets the scene well for further novels in the series and I look forward to even more paranormal excitement in the future.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This was a fun, light little read. It's interesting to have our hero Becky. She has built a very successful career as a Psychic, and has her own radio show and live tours. But the truth is she's a fraud. She's excellent at reading people, and picking up information they are careless enough to drop, to make it sound like she is communicating with their dead relatives.
Despite this, Becky is quite a nice person. She might joke with her colleagues about some of the sillier guests and callers on her radio show, but she's never mean.
Then one day, whilst handling a "powerful artefact", Becky's psychic abilities kick in for real.
The story follows Becky as she goes about her routines, with a new understanding and passion for the otherworldly. She starts to communicate with spirits, and begins to feel a real purpose in what she's doing.
There are some dark clouds (literally), as not all spirits are good. Becky has unlocked the way for a few dark entities, that work in various ways.
This story is written with multiple POVs. It's well-written, but personally, I find it harder to engage when there are lots of narrators jumping in.
The good news is, all the narrators are focused on Becky and her story, which makes it easy to follow. The downside, is that these different people didn't really get time to have their own stories fleshed out. I never felt like any of these side characters (except for the unicorn dude) were important enough to carry the narrative.
Yes, I wrote unicorn. No, I'm not explaining.
This was a cute story, and felt surprisingly genuine in it's approach to the supernatural.
Overall, it was a 3.5 out of 5 for me, and I would be interested in continuing the rest of the series!
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