Carlie McEwan loves many things.
She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY—a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is twenty-five pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her Grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest—and only—real diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it.
When a blonde stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me.
Danger, like the shadowed pools of the forest, can run deep. The danger is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars for characters, interesting plot lines, cover design, memorable lines, and for Terry writing such a memorable and amazing story!
Carlie is a white witch. And even though I know absolutely nothing about witchcraft, I found myself enthralled by the descriptions of how her magic was a piece of herself. She didn’t come off as entitled or uppity because she had power, but instead loved being a down-to-earth cook at the local diner. She really reminded me of Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas,” which is one of my favorite books of all time.
The story was enthralling and drew me in immediately. If I didn’t have a job, husband, or kids, I would’ve read the story straight through! Curse you, responsibilities!
Memorable lines were placed naturally throughout the book. I won’t spoil any that relate to direct plot points, but these are a few of my favorites:
“Even sitting, he towered over me, but not in threatening way, unless you consider good customer service to be a menace to your person. I did not, so I smiled.”
“when my hair gets crazy, it becomes an alien life form that can threaten cities.”
Carlie is full of great lines and passion for her craft. Imagery of the moon and scenery puts the reader directly into the story.
SO, to sum up, if you like waffles, magic, evil, the moon, love, deceit, and just an all-around great read, pick up “Halfway Dead” by Terry Maggert!
Stay tuned. Next week, I’ll be interviewing Terry about his writing!