I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Saints in the Shadows by Alana Cash
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on 2014-05-27
Genres: Fiction, Psychological
Maud Strand has an idyllic life with her parents in New Orleans, surrounded by family and friends. From childhood, she has had prophetic dreams which benefit Adele, the family housekeeper, who does a little gambling. Maud attends Catholic schools and explores the occult as a teenager.Maud is in college when she's traumatized by the sudden death of her father in a car accident. She and her mother both wallow in grief for a year, but Maud begins to feel alienated from her mother, Celia, especially when she starts dating a tourist from Montana. When Celia begins talking about remarriage, Maud moves to New York.Maud has a secret, something she can't remember, and this secret is running her life. And, she's angry because on the day her father died, she believes someone stole his trumpet from the front seat of his car. In New York, Maud meets Lina Sandor who makes her living as a psychic under the name Madame Budska. But Madame Budska is no ordinary psychic because her New York clients are a billionaire hedge fund manager, a political kingmaker, a studio head, a TV talk show host, and a crazy college professor.After a few months, Lina asks Maud to take over the psychic business while Lina goes away for a couple of weeks for what she calls “the big reveal.” Very reluctant at first, Maud finally agrees and begins training for the job. Madame Budska teaches Maud to “listen until you hear” and “look until you see.” And as Maud does that, she has powerful dreams that give her deep insight into the behavior of the influential people she is meeting. What Maud wants is to be able to dream about the dead so that she can talk to her dad. It's this desire that leads Maud through a dark tunnel from which she must learn to escape on her own.
So… at the beginning of this book I did not like Maud. She does some things that she doesn’t even think twice about, like stealing from her roommate. She also winds up leaving without notice. I don’t care how much you don’t like someone, or how many issues you have, you just don’t do this. These actions put a bad taste in my mouth. What’s really funny (not haha) she winds up judging other people! Come on! People in glass houses and all that…
With that said, it took me a while to get vested in her. By the end I felt that I liked her more than in the beginning but only because there actually is some growth there. She is also fighting her own demons and we all know it’s so much easier to attack other people than worry about what’s going on in your own brain.
That was something else I liked about this; the talk about psychology and parapsychology. I’m very interested in both so I just loved those parts. I also really liked Lina. She seems so special and I would love to know more about her!
The book ends on a good note. Not everything is answered so I still want to know more but I felt good.
In short: Really easy read with interesting characters. Hate the cover though!
|Overall:||3.8 / 5|