Friday, 27 April 2018

Medium Wave

Medium Wave

by Rose Zolock

4 out of 5

Becky Moran has built a career claiming to talk to the dead. A successful clairvoyant medium, a Cambridge graduate with her own radio show ‘Medium Wave’ and a team dedicated to crafting the celebrity myth – because Becky Moran is a fake. Until, one night, something supernatural, inexplicable, breaks through live on air as she is broadcasting. Becky Moran discovers the paranormal is real, the dead can indeed speak and she is being pursued relentlessly towards a battle for her very survival.

‘This thing has no defined shape. Whatever energy exists within it, it cannot settle on a shape. The strands of darkness curl out and then wrap back inwards. The bulk of the shadow becomes concave, then bulbous, the height building in on itself but lacking any skeletal structure to wrap itself around. There are no eyes, no clearly defined head shape. It is creating itself from darkness, like a swirl of ebony ink dropped into a vat of putrid water, spreading silently….’

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About Rose Zolock 
Her Irish grandmother first told Rose about the Banshee when she was just a small child. How the wailing sound of the spirit of the dead and dying could be heard when someone was about to pass.
It was family folklore that the women in the family had ‘the touch’, the ability to see spirits and other dimensions. Rose listened and grew up fascinated by those who claimed to have supernatural or psychic abilities.
Rose does not claim to have those powers. Take her to Venice in February when the mist swirls over the canals, walk by her side along the darkened streets of Greenwich Village in New York City in high summer, listening to a ghost walk tour guide tell the stories of death, murder and the unexplained – Rose would say those stories and our belief in them gives her a power to see into the shadows within our imagination.
As a journalist, Rose takes every opportunity to explore and investigate strange stories, myth and folklore. Living in rural Yorkshire, with a rich library of ghost stories and literary tradition, Rose also has a sceptical and forensic insight into those who peddle the stories which feed our imagination but of which we have yet found no proof. She has listened to the debunkers who argue against those believers who are convinced that sand the dark side exist.
Rose’s mind is open. Is yours?

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Becky has no qualms about playing her part as a psychic. But one day the pretence becomes real, and she finds herself surrounded by spirits. Both benign, and evil.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fun, light little read. It's interesting to have our hero Becky. She has built a very successful career as a Psychic, and has her own radio show and live tours. But the truth is she's a fraud. She's excellent at reading people, and picking up information they are careless enough to drop, to make it sound like she is communicating with their dead relatives.
Despite this, Becky is quite a nice person. She might joke with her colleagues about some of the sillier guests and callers on her radio show, but she's never mean.

Then one day, whilst handling a "powerful artefact", Becky's psychic abilities kick in for real.

The story follows Becky as she goes about her routines, with a new understanding and passion for the otherworldly. She starts to communicate with spirits, and begins to feel a real purpose in what she's doing.
There are some dark clouds (literally), as not all spirits are good. Becky has unlocked the way for a few dark entities, that work in various ways.

This story is written with multiple POVs. It's well-written, but personally, I find it harder to engage when there are lots of narrators jumping in.
The good news is, all the narrators are focused on Becky and her story, which makes it easy to follow. The downside, is that these different people didn't really get time to have their own stories fleshed out. I never felt like any of these side characters (except for the unicorn dude) were important enough to carry the narrative.

Yes, I wrote unicorn. No, I'm not explaining.

This was a cute story, and felt surprisingly genuine in it's approach to the supernatural.
Overall, it was a 3.5 out of 5 for me, and I would be interested in continuing the rest of the series!

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