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The family curse was the reason Annaya Roth and her mother Samantha had moved around a lot. Apart from seeing dead people, they had to fight off attacks from them or risk losing their lives. At sixteen, Annaya and her mother settled in the small town of Asherville, where she joined Asherville High School. But then, just a fortnight later, Annaya finds herself in the middle of the gruesome homicide of two students, which she can’t explain. Samantha has no choice but to reach out to her estranged brother Brandon, a town recluse who knows more about the family curse. Before Samantha and Brandon can work out anything, Samantha falls victim to an attack, leaving Annaya in the care of her uncle. It turns out a beast lurks in the woods of Asherville, and things only get worse when more people start disappearing. Annaya learns about her uncle’s pact with the devil that had sealed her fate long before she was born. Annaya has been fighting all her life. Does she have what it takes to survive what is coming her way?
If you are looking for a horror mystery novel laced with small-town gossip, small-town cops, high school drama, family drama, a curse, supernatural beings, love, secrets, and so much more, AW Rene’s A Tainted Soul is just what you should be looking for. The author has a knack for whipping up terror and horror from mere words. Maintaining a delicate line between reality and the spirit world, the plot has a multiple-perspective narrative. The macabre tone had me on the edge of my seat. Just when I thought I knew where the story was headed, I would be slapped with a plot twist and get even more hooked as the story quickly picked up pace in another direction. The vivid depictions uniquely capture the mood and setting of the scenes. The reading experience felt like I was watching a Hollywood horror movie. The cast’s well-depicted traits and emotions allowed me to connect with them. Get yourself AW Rene’s A Tainted Soul to discover what happens to Annaya and the town of Asherville.