Single parent, Lauren Freeman, wants to obtain her doctoral thesis. In lieu of her dissertation, she’s been granted permission to co-author a book with respected professor, Jackie Pappas. They’re writing about a lost coven of witches founded by Rebeka Hibbens in 1692, and have discovered the existence of a chronicle written by Rebeka, which allegedly reveals what happened to the witches who disappeared just before their execution. The chronicle’s now owned by Deborah Sewall, owner of a new-age store and self-proclaimed reincarnation of Rebeka.
Deborah agrees to let Jackie read the chronicle, but before Jackie can tell Lauren why the contents have upset her so much, she dies and the chronicle goes missing. Lauren, meanwhile, has been having strange nightmares and unexplainable visions about the 17th century which are growing stronger all the time. As she searches for answers, she has good reason to fear for her and her seven-year-old son’s life.
Barbara Shapiro’s SEE NO EVIL is an eerie, suspenseful mystery centering around black magic, cults, and reincarnation. This isn’t a fast paced book, nor should it be. Shapiro does a great job in slowly building tension to the point where I couldn’t stop turning pages. This book is about learning to survive self-doubt, huge obstacles, and finding one’s true path in life. The author creates a well-rounded protagonist in Lauren, who’s determined, smart, insecure, afraid, and devoted to her child. The story’s climax was predictable, yet knowing that Lauren couldn’t avoid the final confrontation only added to the suspense. There were a couple of places where events seemed a little too coincidental, but SEE NO EVIL is still a spine-tingling read.