“Do we control our own destiny – or might it be determined by fate, coincidence, luck…or even magic?
Ruth, an amateur psychic with a husband who smokes cannabis for breakfast, is haunted by a tragic event from her teenage years which, she suspects, was the result of a wish she made on an allegedly enchanted stone. Too embarrassed to admit her fears, she keeps her secret to herself for twenty-five years.
Petra is the perennial singleton amongst her friends, unable, she thinks, to fall in love. She comes across the stone at a Psychic Fair and makes a wish, just for fun. As the wish begins to come true she wishes she had chosen her words with more care.
Spoilt, weight-obsessed Sarah wants nothing more than to be “size zero”. As her life spirals downwards into the seedy world of drug abuse and addiction, she remembers the day at the Psychic Fair when she wished for her heart’s desire.
When Ruth learns of the fates of Petra and Sarah she is forced to confront her guilt and discover the truth about the Wishing Stone…”
I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price £1.92), I discovered this author on Twitter and this is the first book I’ve read from her so I had no idea what to expect.
The prologue was very intriguing, it involved the police and raised many questions in my mind. Chapter one came along with a mind, body and spirit fair which introduced me to the main characters – Ruth was very likeable but a bit of a worrier (the reason for the worrying was revealed later on in the book) and she had found herself in rather an uncomfortable situation. Petra seemed like quite a detached character to begin with, particularly where relationships were concerned but then her obsessiveness shone through and I found myself cringing at some of her excessive online antics. Sarah was moody and very selfish, once I had gotten further into the story I discovered the reason for this and I have to admit that following her on a downward spiral was difficult to read.
The wishing stone brought these women together in a very clever way and the results were entertaining but also quite worrying, especially the drug use. There were a few moments of laughter for me and I loved the way the author had included Facebook throughout with talk of status updates, friend requests and all the social etiquette that goes along with it, this was a part of the book that I could really relate to.
As I read the last few pages I laughed at what it all meant and found myself looking back at the whole story in a different way. The message that I took from the book is to be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!
This was an interesting and thought-provoking read, I look forward to reading more from this author.
To find out more about Terry Tyler visit her blog here.