Book review: Will by Christine Bernard

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Will by Christine Bernard (first published in 2017)

About the book:

No power comes without a price! A supernatural thriller that will make you wonder, "What would I have done?"

What would you do if you stumbled across a magic eight ball with all the answers? Would you ask it for lottery numbers? Would you ask about the love of your life? 

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That’s what thirty-six-year-old Will Pearce did. However, nothing good comes without a price. Will learns that with the good, comes the bad. How much is Will prepared to pay for the answers that he seeks?

Review:

Will is one  dark and twisty read.  

In fact I'm starting to wonder if Christine Bernard just doesn't like people. Her poor, poor characters are always being tortured [read Unravel to see what I'm talking about]. 

They're given a taste of the good life, and then bam...she pulls the rug out from under them. 

We're introduced to Will, he's you're mostly average guy - set in his ways not only in terms of his habits, but what he wears, how a day is supposed to go and what he does at work. 

Actually, Will is a smidge boring - unusual for someone in the creative side of advertising. 

So there's our protagonist, walking around and he comes across a store he hadn't noticed before.

There is something slightly off about the person working at the store, but never mind there's something fun from his younger years there. You guessed it, it's a magic eight ball.

With some prompting from a friend he decides to use the eight ball to change things up a bit. He lets it decide what he should do for a day. 

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A quick refresher on what a magic eight ball does. You ask it a question, give it a shake and it'll give you one of 20 responses. 

Most of the responses tends towards the positive, five are non-committal answers and five are negative. 

So as you can see dependent on the question, the answers may just lead you to do something you wouldn't have considered before - like paint your house a bright colour, which Will did.

Initially things are going well for Will and he starts to use the magic eight ball more and more often...and then bam, the rug gets pulled out from under him.
The magic eight ball is more than it seems. 

And now I can't say more without going into spoiler territory.

Overall I enjoyed this story more than Unravel. While it is a dark and twisty read it's not without its moment of laughter - pay attention to the names of places.

Will is a good read, that has the added bonus of having you support a local author.

Purchase a copy from Amazon.com.

Read more of Cassey’s reviews on her book blog.

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