‘How about we pretend, ‘ he said, ‘just for today? I pretend I’m good and you pretend to believe me.’ You’re lonely, bored, and you meet Mr Perfect – beautiful, funny, sexy and dangerous. It’s a dream come true, isn’t it? But what if it isn’t a dream? What if it’s a nightmare? When a spate of vandalism at a small English church is followed by a brutal ritualistic execution, suspicion falls on malign religious sect, Mesmeris. Pearl is seventeen and naive, no match for enigmatic, dangerous Jack. Seduced by his charm, she finds herself drawn into the murky world of the twisted, violent cult. Her love for Jack puts her own life in danger, and leads her into conflict with not only Mesmeris and the police, but also her own family.”
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The is quite a brilliant Y.A. novel but only for the older teenager, due to the violent content in the story. Mesmeris is a closed secret group with it’s sadistic occult rituals and often high ranking influential members, making it an almost untouchable force by the church and the justice system. It seems that the actions of Mesmeris are growing bolder after a ritual killing of an unidentified man is found in the church grounds by the Reverend’s oldest daughter, 17 year old Pearl. Although Pearl has lead quite a protected and safe life by her parents she thinks of herself as an adult ready to face the world, especially after meeting her dream man, Jack. Pearl is about to find out the Jack has a much darker side than she thought possible and it becomes a question quite often in the story of who is trying to save who.
Although I have stated above that is this a Y.A. novel most adults would also find it quite a good read too, the only thing being that Pearl is still in school and living at home, but she is a gutsy little character. I really took to Pearl straight away and found Jack quite a fascinating character that I wanted to get behind, though I always had my doubts. There was a determination of total faith of the occult members that really sent a shiver up my spine. A no questions asked do as you are told response from them that scared the hell out of me. No conscience, no compassion and an enjoyment in what they did far more than just serving their master.
This is book one in a trilogy so very excited about what will come next. I wish to thank the author for a copy of this novel which I have chosen to review.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Coles was born in Taplow, Berkshire. Following a fine art degree, she worked as an exhibiting artist and occasional art tutor.
Mesmeris is her first novel. Infixion, its sequel, and Wormwood, the third and final story in the trilogy, are all available from Amazon. Karen now lives in beautiful West Wales, where she’s currently writing her fourth novel.
Her blog can be found at