The Soul Whisperer by J.M. Harrison

imageIn an Abbey in Languedoc sometime in the Middle Ages a massacre occurs.

In modern day London Alex and Sarah are trying to recover from their miscarriage, the loss of his mother and the loss of their home. Sarah’s mother Lucette arranges a holiday for them in France, she wants them to pass her regards to an old boyfriend of hers while they’re there. But Jean Michel is much more than just an old acquaintance, and Alex and Sarah will soon find they have more than just a dream like connection to the Abbey massacre.

At least I suspect they will, but to be honest I didn’t get very far with this book. I mean it sounds pretty good from the blurb and I soon as I started reading I could see the echoes of books like Kate Mosse’s Labrynth and The Celestine Prophecy, both books I appreciated. But the problem with this book is the writing.

I get that when you have a story that you feel the world needs to hear it’s difficult sometimes to do anything other than write it as you see it happening. I’m a writer, I’ve done that. But if you really care then you do need to step back, look at your work critically, and work to improve it. This reads like a first draft, or maybe a second. In fact the writing was so excruciatingly pedestrian that I almost deleted every word I’ve ever written in case it’s the same standard and I’m not seeing it because I’m too close! (Instead I started on another edit).

I don’t want to spend this whole review ripping this author’s work to shreds – it could be great with some more work after all, but right now it needs work.

2 Bites (1 for wanting to share a positive message in the first place!)



I was reading before I started school and I have no plans to stop now! I usually have at least two books on the go at once, one non-fiction and one fiction. I like reading books based in reality that flick open the doors to the mysteries of the heart or of the spirit.