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Descension: Psychic Surveys Book Five by Shani Struthers

July 7, 2018 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Descension: Psychic Surveys Book Five by Shani Struthers
Published by Authors Reach/Storyland Press on 13 May 2018
332 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Whilst I have read the accompanying novellas to this series I have not read any of the main books. However that is not an issue as each one can be read as standalone.
The calls for help were increasing from the residents of Brookbridge housing estate. Built on the grounds of a renowned mental asylum, an expansion of the estate is planned and the spirits are getting restless. Ruby and the rest of the Psychic Survey team know they need to act, but with an ongoing case taking up Ness and Theo’s time and Ruby’s private life taking her on an emotional journey. Can they save the past.
As the owner of the Psychic Survey company Ruby was very sure of what she was doing. Never one to be ashamed of her gift, her positive attitude makes her good at what she does. However the spirits at Brookbridge are tough and she needs all of her and the team’s efforts to try and get the job done. The team whilst being work colleagues are more like a family and when Ruby need a shoulder to cry on, they were all their for support.
As this book was set partly in a mental asylum, some of the scenes were quite saddening especially the procedures that were once used. Whilst I knew some of what happened in the 19th and early 20th century asylums, it still shocked me the length of time some of the procedures went on for and the reasons people were hospitalised. The scenes were well researched and tackling a subject like mental health needs to be handled with sensitivity and this author achieved that 100%. The tension built up and I found myself reading quicker and quicker to find out what happened. To break up the tension, there are some comedy moments thanks to Jed the Ghost dog, one instance is when he begs for some bacon.
I hope this series can go on and on and I’m off to read the earlier books.

Thirteen: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (book 2) by Shani Struthers

February 10, 2018 - 5:24 pm 1 Comment

Thirteen: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (book 2) by Shani Struthers
Published by Authors Reach/Storyland Press on 29th November 2017
242 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Whilst this is in the Psychic Survey series, you do not have to read the others. I have not read any of these books and throughout this story I never once felt that I had missed something. In fact it has got me downloading others in the series and as they are on Kindle Unlimited. I can begin the series.
Thirteen, tells Ness’ story. Due to her been psychic, she had an unloved childhood, abused by her mom and was alone the majority of the time. When she was asked to cleanse a derelict lighthouse in the Isle of Skye, she did not imagine that she would have to relive the secrets that she locked away. The lighthouse was a place to hang out for the teenagers of the isle, with not much to do they played a game that was passed on to other generations. Tell Thirteen ghost stories and blow out the candle. Harmless for most.
Even though Ness was good at what she did, there was a vulnerability to her. Used to being by herself, she rarely had to rely on anyone. Living with Angus and his mom Eilidh, help show what she had been missing.
The illustrative way the author wrote this story, you could imagine being there. The wind and rain making you feel cold as it drips down your neck, but then the glorious sunshine, that shows how beautiful the place is. Whilst this is a ghost story, the addition of the occult gives it a dark feel. The scene’s at the lighthouse makes this book a page turner and you can feel the seriousness of Ness’ task. One of my favourite scenes is when Eilidh was explaining the significance of the number 13 and the bible.
If you have not read any of the psychic series than this is a great introduction to the books. This is a quick read and will have you engrossed in the story