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The Witch [Paperback]

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Deep in the basement a wooden box sits on a table. Demons that were called into the world are etched on the box. With tiny claws they writhe, push, and scratch at the wood, attempting to gain freedom. The forked tongues flick the air, bulbous noses scent, swollen cheeks pulse. Their icy determined voices vibrate the atmosphere with inaudible high-pitched screeches calling for revenge. Five-year old Stephen's mother, Cathy, is dead. Her body was cremated, her ashes cast into the ocean. Yet her spirit hovers over Stephen. It urges him to go down to the basement. For Stephen is meant to be the demons' instrument. His innocence will be their mask, his love their weapon. Because Stephen's father ended his affair with the babysitter too late. And Stephen's oppressive, demanding grandmother must pay for the pain she selfishly forced on her daughter. With blue eyes and cherub smile, Stephen will set out to punish Mommy's persecutors.

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Pages   463
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 4" Height: 6.25"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Medallion Press
ISBN  1932815813  
ISBN13  9781932815818  

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More About Mary Ann Mitchell

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mary Ann Mitchell's short stories have been published in a number of magazines. She has served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Northern California Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Secretary of the Horror Writers of America Association. Mitchell is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, and the Science Fiction, Fantasy Writers of America.

Mary Ann Mitchell currently resides in Mountain View, in the state of California. Mary Ann Mitchell was born in 1946.

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Often puzzling character interactions  Jul 30, 2008
The premise of Mary Ann Mitchell's The Witch appealed to me, and the context in which the plot takes place, specifically with regard to the character relationships, is intriguing. What ultimately prevented me from enjoying the story was dialogue that seemed contrived and characters and character interactions that just didn't seem realistic.

Jacob has had an affair with the babysitter that (apparently) resulted in his wife's suicide. Jacob thus tries to distance himself from the babysitter, but his behavior in this regard often left me shaking my head and asking, "What?!" He speaks patronizingly and even rudely to Molly, the babysitter. But many of his statements are issued glibly as he is all too aware that he is a character in a story who is deliberately being manipulated by the writer. In one scene Jacob tells Molly to leave and tells her, "You've got a lot of maturing to do." When Molly asks if she should come the next day, he replies, "Why not? Stephen still needs you." "Why not?" The response just doesn't make much sense. After a number of scenes in which Jacob has spoken to Molly in similar manner, displaying an undercurrent of anger and even disrespect, he actually blows her a kiss.

It was the kiss blowing passage that fully jarred ne from any immersion in the story, and I became all too aware that this is a work of fiction too conscious of itself as a work of fiction. The characters go through the motions of doing what the writer thinks these characters ought to be doing, but they do not speak like real people, they do not act like real people and they certainly do not feel like real people. When Jacob comes home from work to greet his son, I have the feeling that it's all being acted out on stage before a studio audience that can clearly see the set is not a real home and the people in it merely players. Works such as these depend entirely on suspension of disbelief. The reader must be able to feel that these could be real people in a real situation, but too many of the contrived interactions and behaviors of the characters remind its audience that this is, after all, only fiction and it doesn't want to pretend to be anything else.
Sorta kinda ok  Mar 23, 2007
What I have always liked about Mary Ann Mitchell is the pace she writes. A reader doesn't have to worry about getting wrapped up in what I have come to call "filler" pages. It's all about the plot!

That being said, this was not my favorite by her. My biggest problem was Stephen. He had the potential to be a great character...but he's five years old and, on occasion, I think Mitchell forgot about that. Stephen would sometimes speak like an adult. Though he was supposed to be wise beyond his years there were still many instances in which Mitchell completely lost the fact that he's FIVE.

The "uglies" are another problem for me. Most of these critters were poorly developed and probably shouldn't have even had whole chapters devoted to them. Their dialogue was boring. In fact, very rarely did they offer anything to the plot. Maybe this is teetering on the brink of those pesky "filler" pages...hmmm...

The story was a good idea but it wasn't executed properly, in my opinion. Perhaps it's just not my cuppa I suppose.
chilling horror thriller   Feb 10, 2007
In life Cathy was a very unhappy woman who didn't get along with her mother and was hurt when she discovered her husband was cheating on her with their teenage babysitter. During an episode of deep depression she hung herself in the basement; her son Stephen discovered his mother's body. Cathy in life was a practicing dark witch and she taught her son how to gain power so he could one day become a powerful warlock.

Stephen calls his mother back from beyond; upon her return she wants to live again if only to enact revenge on the people who hurt her. In the basement where she practiced her craft, there is a box on the table decorated with real demons on the top of the box. When Stephen's blood is spilt and the demons drink it, they can be freed to enact her vengeance. Stephen does this but people closest to him are badly injured and die as the demons carry out Cathy's revenge. Stephen realizes that this can't continue but he doesn't know if he will be able to sever his last link to his mother and send her back to the hell she belongs in.

Readers who like to be scared out of their wits will thoroughly enjoy THE WITCH, a chilling horror thriller in which one shocker follows another. Mary Ann Mitchell is talented horror author who uses interaction between her characters to tell a great haunting story. Readers will wonder how far Cathy will go because after she achieves her quest. She also has a hidden agenda (with her offspring) to take over, by his "invitation", Stephen's heart & soul.

Harriet Klausner

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