The Diviner’s Tale, by Bradford Morrow

The Diviner’s Tale (click to place hold) was one of the better books I’ve read so far between late 2010 and early 2011. The characters have depth and the plot is intriguing and suspenseful as well as thoughtful.

 

The main character, Cassandra Brooks, the first woman in a family of diviners (people who find water using divining rods, also known as “water witchers”), is an interesting study. The book revolves around her talent, her psychology and her interpersonal relationships and creates a fully-fleshed out character, warts and all.

 

Cassandra is on a divining job on a large parcel of woodland when she sees a hanged girl in a tree. At first she is certain that the girl is quite real, however, after the police come and find no evidence of a hanging, she begins to doubt herself. What they do find leads her to wonder if she is having premonitions or is losing her mind.

 

Cassandra has always been psychic but she has been forced throughout her life to look at this ability as a mental instability, resulting from her brother’s death when she was 7 and he was 14. This book examines her thoughts and emotions and how the re-emergence of this psychic ability affects her relationships with her family and the small-town community in which she lives.

 

The book becomes suspenseful as the reader follows unfolding events with the hanged girl, a real girl in danger, and possibly Cassandra’s sanity as well as personal safety. All elements come together for a thoroughly enjoyable read. I recommend it.

-submitted by staffer Shannon Baker

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