What Da Book Says: Disowned by her family and deranged by anger, Jennifer Enzo views the world as a demonic garden, a film script and a list of names to be assassinated. But when she finds her own name on the list she is forced out of her insular world to counter a sinister threat to her life.
Professor Virginia Bruck’s world is divided between her research in artificial intelligence and posing for her husband, the eccentric German artist Earnst Bruck. Suspected of being the source of a destructive rumour she decides to do what her semi-aristocratic family have never done throughout centuries of rumour, and fight back.
Frieda Schoenhofer, a self-made millionaire, is determined to explain the death of a local witch. Police are equally determined to explain a baffling double murder and Frieda becomes their first suspect after the body of a man is found hung above the north door of Bamberg Cathedral.
All three women share a common association: the Malandanti, a four hundred year old network of covens on the brink of collapse following rumours of a plot to kill the leading members. As the conflict intensifies and the familiar world disappears, they will be forced to reassess their own ambitions, confront the nature of guilt and innocence, and question how their beliefs explain the supernatural forces they each control.
What I Says: I am a big fan of paranormal books, vampires/witches/werewolves I love reading stories featuring them, there is such a history already in place and reading a book by one author means you can read a book by another and the characters feel similar. In recent years though the book world has been flooded with some terrible stuff, it’s all about cute boys, weak girls and magic spells along the line of “izzy-wizy-lets-get-busy” and for some reason 1000’s of readers seem to love them.
Chris Harrison though has stepped up and is writing some bloody brilliant stuff, the characters are strong, both women and men, the spells are stunning, spread across many pages, chanting, carving into skin and human sacrifices, it’s how it should be.
Who Among Us is part political thriller, part Study of Satanic religious beliefs and even a wee bit of Scifi thrown in. The story is spread across Europe, there are a few plot lines running at the same time but still easy enough to follow. In his writing Chris is not afraid to kill of a character or destroy whole towns.
I can’t fault the writing, I have really enjoyed reading this. I recommend though that you start with reading “We are Toten Herzen” the story starts there and is referenced many times in this book.
Please read this book as it deserves to be read by 1000’s.