The Witch’s Revenge by Danny Odato

Posted January 20, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
The Witch’s Revenge by Danny OdatoThe Witch's Revenge by Danny Odato
Published by Outskirts Press on January 25th 2014
Genres: Horror, Fantasy
Pages: 188
Format: ARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

In Harangul, a village in the Latur district of Maharashtra, the Nehra family wakes up to what they believe is an ordinary day. But things are about to take a dark turn in the little village when a mysterious old woman moves into the abandoned house next door. Padma, a simple woman, is married to Mohan, a hardworking tailor. They have four children and are raising them in a loving, traditional Hindu family. They enjoy the culture of their small community and rely on their many friends, elders, and traditions to lead happy and spiritual lives. But soon after the arrival of the strange woman next door, a child is involved in a horrible, fatal incident. Another child becomes seriously ill, and a woman falls to her death from her roof. Then Padma's own family suffers a tragic loss. Mohan and Padma seek spiritual advice, to no avail, and the authorities offer no assistance. Finally in desperation, as things become more bizarre in the colony, a party of brave men ventures out to seek a strong baba from far away. With faith, strength, and a very strong sense of community, the people of Harangul work tirelessly to free their home from the grasp of a terrible evil presence-a daayan who threatens their very existence. The Witch's Revenge is a striking novel that seamlessly blends Indian tradition with suspense and horror-a book eloquently presented by a gifted new storyteller.

Main points

I really liked this book. The writing was good, and the story was interesting. In a short time I grew to be very invested in the families, all of them. I think it was how they were described as people, because it wasn’t long enough to get to know them truly or see any development, but they were described as very loving, strong, family-oriented people. It was easy to believe because of their actions. They were so emotional but still rational in the face of all the tragedy. I loved how the Indian culture and religion was such a big part of the story. It was a witch hunt described in a way and setting I hadn’t even contemplated.

The people’s goodness was almost their downfall. They refused to see the witch among them and even in the end almost allowed negotiation, which was a terrible idea. But even I might have allowed it. Even in the face of evil, it is hard to resist being good and what we consider fair. But you cannot make deals with the devil. It was a very emotionally confusing story. Tragic, dramatic, suspenseful, all of it. The writing described it well. There were a few mistakes, and about half a chapter was repeated word-for-word later on, but other than that it was captivating. It was just something different. It was a good length, too.

 reaction upon finishing

Wow! That was really good!

this book in one word

captivating

About Danny Odato

Born in Italy in 1953, Danny Odato, a father of four, had to provide for his family at a young age instead of following his dream of writing. With The Witch’s Revenge, his debut novel, his dream has finally come true.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Ending
four-stars
Feels
three-half-stars
Overall: four-stars
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