Bad Magic by A.M. Stirling
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When Richard meets his cousin Amanda for the first time in twenty years, he’s still afraid of her; she bullied him throughout his childhood and sexually abused him when they were teenagers. He owns a struggling art gallery that only survives because his wealthy grandmother pays for it. But now Amanda’s back in his life, things look set to change. She’s out to make trouble, drugging Richard with Rohypnol, faking a burglary and trying to persuade their grandmother to change her will. Richard’s heard a rumour she murdered her mother. Fearing for his grandmother’s life and his inheritance, he decides to give Amanda a dose of her own medicine.
Bad Magic is an interesting and different kinda read.
From the start I didn’t like Amanda. Richard was an ok character to me. Amanda bullied her cousin Richard twenty years ago. Now she is back in his life and he doesn’t know what to make of it. He’s definitely right to be wary of her.
It did take me a few chapters to get into it but once I did I really enjoyed it.
It’s unusual that I read a book that there isn’t at least one character I can rave about but that’s not a negative. I like when a book can make me feel something different.
About A.M. Stirling:
A. M. Stirling has had a varied career as a freelance photographer, an artist with several national and international exhibitions to his name, and an academic. After harbouring an ambition to write fiction for far too long, he completed an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University in 2012.
Bad Magic is his first published novel. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/A-M-Stirling/e/B07XQJGMHJ/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Magic-M-Stirling-ebook/dp/B07XQ4TVS6/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=bad+magic+by+m+stirling&qid=1575372711&sr=8-2
Published in paperback and ebook formats by Wombach Press on 30th September 2019.