credit: Net Galley

credit: Net Galley

By Natasha Mostert

Synopsis:  In her award-winning novel, Natasha Mostert blends alchemy, the art of memory, high magic and murder to create a highly original psychological thriller.

Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to ‘slam a ride’ through the minds of others. But he uses his gift only reluctantly — until he is asked to find a young man last seen months earlier at Monk House, in the company of two mysterious women. Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he suspects that one of them is a killer.

This book introduced me to the concept of alchemy which is one of the unusual & archaic arts of witchcraft.  I also experienced a system for remembering called a memory castle which I have since seen examples of in popular television.

While I wasn’t enthralled with the lead character in the beginning since he wasn’t the most likable hero, I grew to like him better & better through the book.  As he “slams a ride” through the last moments of a missing young man he begins a journey which threatens his whole life as he has known it.  After he discovers a diary he learns the secrets & desires of one of the sisters, but doesn’t know which sister is the author as he falls deeper & deeper under their spell.  There are many twists & turns to keep you turning the pages through to the end.

I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5 since the end came too soon.