My Rating: 3.5/5
Author: Terry Tyler
Title: You Wish
Do we control our own destiny – or might it be determined by fate,
coincidence, luck…or even magic?
Ruth, an amateur psychic with a husband who smokes cannabis for breakfast, is
haunted by a tragic event from her teenage years which, she suspects, was the
result of a wish she made on an allegedly enchanted stone. Too embarrassed to
admit her fears, she keeps her secret to herself for twenty-five years.
Petra is the perennial singleton amongst her friends, unable, she thinks, to
fall in love. She comes across the stone at a Psychic Fair and makes a wish,
just for fun. As the wish begins to come true she wishes she had chosen her
words with more care.
Spoilt, weight-obsessed Sarah wants nothing more than to be “size zero”. As
her life spirals downwards into the seedy world of drug abuse and addiction, she
remembers the day at the Psychic Fair when she wished for her heart’s desire.
When Ruth learns of the fates of Petra and Sarah she is forced to confront her
guilt and discover the truth about the Wishing Stone…
Terry Tyler’s debut novel is a quirky contemporary drama exploring the themes
of family affairs, infidelity and guilt, incorporating jealousy, drug abuse and the
obsession of a Facebook stalker, against a backdrop of secrets and superstition.
My Short Summary:
Actually the amazon description summarizes this book fairly well, so I’m going to refer you to that.
Third person mainly through Ruth, Sarah, and Petra
The characters in this book are nicely detailed. The reader gets to go psychologically through the different characters’ problems and understand their reasoning for their actions. The reader experiences their highs and lows and what happens when with their final choices. Out of the three characters, I think Petra’s behavior is most frustrating. I want to tell her to stop and think about what she is doing – and does she realize how she comes across? Sarah’s story stems farther back than Petra’s. I understand more of how she gets to where she does in the story. The root of her story is more predominant in today’s society where almost everyone is obsessing about their weight. Ruth’s major troubles occurs as a teenager. The story allows for flashbacks to her teenaged years. Through her, we have the wishing stone and the connection for the other stories in the book. I feel most people can relate to at least of the characters – if not all – whether through their own similarities or people that they know.
First off, I’m not British – even though I sometimes pretend that I am. This book is written with a lot of British slang, which actually I am fine with. I just want to warn those who might not be familiar with some British phrases or sentence structure about this.
The book spans about one year, but there are flashbacks throughout. Each chapter is broken up into one of the main characters and their progress with their wishes and troubles. The story flows along well, and everything ties in by the end. I am a little disappointed that the “magic” stone is not as magically used as I was expecting it to be. So if magic or slight paranormal twists turn you off, you should be fine for this book. The book concentrates more on how people create their own “magic” in their choices.
Standalone or Part of a Series: