Also by this author: The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus, The Premonition at Withers Farm
Published by Bethany House on October 11, 2022
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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In 1910 Michigan, Perliett VanHilton is a self-proclaimed rural healer, leaving the local doctor, George Wasziak, convinced she practices quackery. It doesn't help that her mother, Maribeth VanHilton, is a Spiritualist who regularly offers her services to help others speak to their dearly departed. But when Perliett is targeted by a superstitious killer, she relies on both George and an intriguing newcomer for help.
In the present day, life has not developed the way Molly Wasziak dreamed. Facing depression after multiple miscarriages, Molly is adapting to her husband's purchase of a new farm. A search for a family tree pulls Molly deep into a vintage web of deceptions, made more mysterious by the disturbing shadows and sounds in the old farmhouse.
Perliett fights for her life, and Molly seeks renewed purpose for hers as she uncovers the records of the dead. Will their voices be heard, or will time silence their truths forever?
The Premonition at Withers Farm by Jaime Jo Wright was book 112 of 2022 for me. And throughout those 112 books, I have tried to read different genres. Nonfiction, fantasy, romantic suspense, and general fiction. Rarely reading two books of the same genre one after the other. I did not want sentiments about one book to affect my next one. I read The Premonition at Withers Farm after a romantic suspense novel. And good heavens, I loved this one—and that’s coming from someone who does not typically read horror novels. And liking them, much less recommending them? Forget it.
This book gave me chills. Physical chills. I read it with the television on, and I could not tell you what was playing. A movie? A baseball game? No idea. That is how much Wright pulled me in. She took away my breath, ripped it from my chest. A lump formed in my throat, and it never dissipated until I finished the novel. I am a fidget-er; I usually need something to do with my fingers, otherwise my brain will travel off to la la land, and I’ll skip from one subject to the next. Not with this novel. Instead of playing with my fidget toy, I clasped it with white knuckles as my eyes raced across pages. Desperately trying to absorb words as fast as I could.
It kept me awake, even after I finished the book. The Premonition at Withers Farm by Jaime Jo Wright is spooky, with ghosts, murders, and bodies piling up in the present day and in 1910. The dual storylines weave together flawlessly, a small town’s mysteries stretching across generations. I loved Molly and Perliett. Wright’s characters are perfectly imperfect, searching for their own answers as they struggle to solve the twisted murders that they are dropped into. Wright incorporates humor when she needs to break up the tension. I never thought I’d be so entertained by chickens!
The Premonition at Withers Farm is like visiting one of those haunted houses. You wait in line, pay the fee, and enter the front door. You know everything you see is fake. The body is not real. The “ghost” jumping out of a dark space is just a person in a mask. But even though you know everything is falsified, you start questioning your reality. Your nailbeds turn red and bleed as you pick at them, and you may throw a friend in front of you to defend yourself against the demons, ghosts, and ghoul-like clowns.
If you’re in the mood for an eerie, heart-twisting tale, The Premonition at Withers Farm by Jaime Jo Wright is the perfect Halloween read. And don’t worry, just like a haunted house, there is an ending. A conclusion (a good one!). You escape…eventually!