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This book is a brilliant book, being one of the best written books I have read.
Initially it took a little time to get into the story as the Author has an intense descriptive style of writing. This is a dark book in places as it deals sexual and mental health problems within a family and how these affect the members of the family, Lucia, her mother, father, step-mother and her two brothers. Set in London with Lucia as a child the Author takes the reader through the first 20 years or so of Lucia's life from her unhappy childhood as she grows up.
Living in a dysfunctional family with a divorced mother who has mental health issues of her own and gives Lucia a chaotic upbringing making her feel unloved, unwanted and useless. Despite the many beatings from her mother and visiting her stepfather on visits who sexually abused her a a child, Lucia brings Ginger into the story in the form of a poltergeist and uses the poltergeist as a means of trying to hit back at her family. Unfortunately she takes her poltergeist personality too far to the extent that she does not know if Ginger is real or part of her psyche. Her father's remarriage to Yvonne also causes extra problems for Lucia as it is clear from their first meeting that Yvonne doesnt want to know her. She is also dealing with her mother and her brother seeking psychic help and healing from practitioners which make her feel better at the time but as soon as she steps into the outside world all her negative feeling fly back and she is caught in a catch-22 situation.
Enter Colin, who has a laid back attitude to life and he gently guides and supports her and gradually she learns that life is not all negative and positive things do happen. She eventually moves to the United States and happily settles down to work and a relationship only to receive a call from her mum that her dad has died. She returns to London a stronger person and deals with both Yvonne and her dad's funeral. She receives a box of her dad's papers from Yvonne and her dad describes how he loved her written via poetry and selections from books. Lucia now can move on in life.
A great story, well written and researched and is one that should be on your booklist.
Catherine Bryce, A LoveReading Ambassador
Lucia has a disturbed childhood. Unloved, she lives a life devoid of care and affection, and is unable to express herself or communicate in any way with her family. But one day, everything changes when Lucia finds an outlet and a way to communicate real emotion through her poltergeist, ‘Ginger.’
1989, NORTH LONDON- Sixteen year old Lucia comes home from school one day to discover a patch of water on her exercise paper. Noticing the reaction it gets from her mother, Lucia starts a game pouring water on carpets and beds. When psychics confirm there is malignant energy in the flat, her behaviour escalates. Before long, she is throwing heavy furniture around the flat and writing all over the walls. Before she knows it, she is appearing on national TV to convince the public of the poltergeist… Lucia does not understand why she is doing these things, but once she starts, she cannot stop.
Why does she do it? Why can’t she stop? And more importantly, is Lucia faking the poltergeist, or is Ginger real and part of her?
Written from both a first person and third person perspective, and with dual time narratives, Lucia’s Poltergeist is an unusual psychological suspense novel that explores themes of the supernatural, the psychological impact of abuse, and the issue of polarity and duality, the Jekyll and Hyde within us all.
Closing date: 06/07/2019
Publication date: 31/01/2019
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Publication date: 15/01/2019
Publisher: F.K. Solomon
|Publication date:||15th January 2019|
|Author:||Felicia Kate Solomon|
|Genres:||Indie Books We Love, Thriller / Suspense,|
Felicia Kate Solomon is a graduate of the MA Writing Programme at Sheffield Hallam University. Felicia also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. Felicia has taught the creative arts to children in primary schools both in the UK and USA and also writes and performs her own work for solo performance, alongside writing prose. Felicia lives near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.More About Felicia Kate Solomon