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{February 13, 2013}   {Review} Witch by Tim O’Rourke (Sydney Hart #1)

17207718From Goodreads: Twenty-year-old Sydney Hart has always made mistakes and when she meets Michael Grayson, she soon comes to wonder if she hasn’t made the biggest mistake of her life. That one moment of passion between them causes Sydney’s world to spiral rapidly out of control.

Suffering from nightmares, Sydney soon realizes her life and the people closest to her aren’t who or what she believed them to be. Fearing she has been cursed, Sydney attempts to unravel the dark secrets that surround her, and is desperate to discover why a dying man called her ‘Witch’.

A racy, paranormal romance with a chilling twist for readers ages 18+.


What I love about O’Rourke’s novels is that, without fail, he always surprises me with his many twists and turns, which is exactly what happens in his latest new adult novel, Witch.  This story centers around a 20-year-old female cop who’s a bit wild.  She likes to drink, and she likes sex.  In other words, she makes a lot of bad decisions, and her father, a cop himself, has always looked down on her.  Thus, Sydney’s done the only thing she could think of to make him look at her differently.  She became a cop, too.  But, her wildness is still there, and on two instances, we see her very wild side with Michael Grayson and his kitchen table… and from here, Sydney’s life goes downhill.  Drinking and “playing” on the job leave her less than lucid when she gets behind the wheel, and tragedy strikes at Sydney’s hand…

But, as with all O’Rourke novels, not everything is what it seems.  Though it certainly looks that way, O’Rourke strings his readers along, filling us with many emotions in the wake of the horrible roadside massacre and its strange and eerie relation to a death that happened ten years in the past.  And this is where O’Rourke’s many twists and turns make themselves apparent as Sydney attempts to uncover the truth in order to live with what she’s done.

Sydney is a great character.  She is very flawed, but that’s what makes her so real.  Of course I don’t condone her behaviors at the beginning of the story, but the knowledge of her wild side helps the reader really connect with her and the enormity of what she’s done.  We’ve all felt guilt (though hopefully not at the level Sydney does), and while we aren’t the perpetrators in this novel, O’Rourke makes his readers really understand guilt and self-hatred.  But, he also allows Sydney to grow and become a much more responsible adult, which is always the sign of a great author.  Character growth is key in novels, and in this one, while we do a have the few needed flat characters, our main ones morph and change throughout the text.  And with the many jarring twists and turns, and the paranormal aspect O’Rourke incorporates, well… this is a gem.

Now, truth be told, I’m not really a fan of the new adult genre.  I don’t care for bouts of sex and erotica in my stories, and I certainly don’t seek them out, but with an author like Tim O’Rourke, I know the novel itself it going to be so good that I can handle being out of my comfort zone for a little while if it means I get to be astounded and amazed by his latest story.  And I was.  No matter what genre, I will always read O’Rourke’s work because I know it’s going to be fabulous (But this one is definitely for the 18+ crowd).  Four stars.

4 stars

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

O’Rourke’s Amazing Novels YOU NEED TO READ  (On Amazon):

Kiera Hudson Series 1

Vampire Shift (#1)

Vampire Wake (#2)

Vampire Hunt (#3)

Vampire Breed (#4)

Wolf House (#4.5)

Vampire Hollows (#5)


Kiera Hudson Series 2

Dead Flesh (#1)

Dead Night: Potter’s Secrets (#1.5)

Dead Angels (#2)

Dead Statues (#3)

Dead Seth (#4)

Dead Wolf (#5)

Dead Water (#6)–Coming Soon 2013


Black Hill Farm Series

Black Hill Farm (#1)

Black Hill Farm Andy’s Diary (#2)


The Moon Trilogy

Moonlight (#1)


Samantha Carter Series

Vampire Seeker (#1) (Formerly known as Cowgirls and Vampires)


Doorways Series

Doorways (#1)

The League of Doorways (#2)


Flashes Series

Flashes (#1)–Coming 2013

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