The Accidental Psychic


Fiction - Paranormal
299 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2021
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Accidental Psychic by Carol-Anne Mason is a suspenseful paranormal tale. Annie Prior’s life dramatically changed after a train crash. Long-buried psychic abilities she had managed to keep hidden for many years resurface. Witnessing the death of the priest named Mellion, she sees the darkness in his soul, and he continues to haunt her long after the wreck. Approached by the ghost of another victim, Annie finally recognizes her abilities and accepts an invitation to join the readings of the Spiritualist League of London. However, Mellion’s spirit cannot rest, and he threatens Annie and the prominent speaker at the League. When she realizes Mellion may be responsible for the deaths of the ghostly children she sees at a church, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands. But investigating Mellion puts Annie at risk, and she only has a short time to get to the truth before Mellion comes for her. Will she be in time?

The Accidental Psychic by Carol-Anne Mason is one of the most action-packed paranormal stories I have read. The storyline will grip you from the start, and with so much action, you won’t have the chance to take a breath. The suspense grows steadily throughout the story coming to an explosive finale that will leave you reeling. The characters, including the villains, are well-developed and well-rounded with distinctive personalities. The writing is descriptive, placing you firmly in the story and leaving you with chills running down your spine. It is a thoroughly enjoyable story, with a stunning plot and a surprise ending – what’s not to like?

Susan Sewell

A woman gains her psychic powers and a supernatural enemy when she comes close to death in the chilling paranormal novel, The Accidental Psychic by Carol-Anne Mason. On her way to work, Annie Prior is involved in a tragic train wreck that leaves her with sudden psychic abilities. Witnessing the death of Mellion, a priest, she is shocked when she sees the evil that emanates from his spirit. Afterward, when the ghost of one of the victims asks Annie to speak to her parents, Annie realizes that she can see and hear spirits. Visiting the Spiritualist League of London, Annie's new gift is evident and she is invited to be a part of their readings. In the meantime, Mellion shows up at a reading and threatens her and the key speaker. Soon after, Annie sees the spirits of small children hiding in an ancient church, and when she tries to speak with them, Mellion's evil presence appears, once again issuing threats. Believing the priest is behind the children's deaths, Annie starts investigating Mellion, jeopardizing her life. Can she solve the mystery before she is next? How much is she willing to risk to find the truth?

Steeped in supernatural phenomena and filled with spine-tingling action complete with ghosts and an evil entity, The Accidental Psychic by Carol-Anne Mason is a thrilling novel. It is replete with engaging characters, a gripping storyline, and a vivid and eerie plot that builds to an explosive conclusion. With a likable and relatable heroine, and terrifying villains, it is easy to get caught up in the tension and drama of the plot. The Accidental Psychic is an enthralling novel that will captivate every reader who enjoys suspense-filled stories starring a high-class crime-fighting heroine with paranormal abilities.

Rabia Tanveer

The Accidental Psychic by Carol-Anne Mason is the story of Annie Prior as she faces a life unlike anything she ever imagined. Annie was a normal woman before the train crash; however, that normalcy was taken away from her after the accident. Now she is a Medium and a Clairvoyant who attracts all kinds of spirits and souls. She never wanted to be a psychic, but now that she is, she has no other option but to accept it. However, the train accident was coming back to haunt her in the most devastating ways. The fact that her new abilities made her personal and professional life difficult was just too much for her. Her newly acquired powers were proving to be more trouble than they were worth. Or so, Annie thought. There was a purpose for everything, and Annie would slowly realize how important her powers were.

I love that the protagonist is called Annie Prior. Her name foreshadows that her life “prior” to the accident was no more and that she is now living a completely different life. The suspense was incredible, and I loved how Carol-Anne Mason built the whole story around it. The way Annie realized she could talk to and see spirits was emotional and very overwhelming. I had my reservations about the Spiritualist League of London and, of course, Mellion. That spirit was pure evil, and the author depicted that excellently. The fact that readers get a good dose of action with supernatural suspense really seals the deal for me. The narrative was smooth and so easy to read. There was nothing that made me feel like something was missing. The Accidental Psychic was brilliant!

Divine Zape

The Accidental Psychic by Carol-Anne Mason is an enticing paranormal story with characters that feel real. After a train crash on her way to work, Annie Prior’s life is in tatters as she begins to understand that she has powers that have been dormant until then. She quickly learns that she has the abilities of a clairvoyant and a medium. The accident not only makes her discover her powers but also introduces Mellion, a priest whose death she witnesses and who turns out to be a malevolent and powerful soul who causes great havoc. Mellion follows Annie with threats as she seeks to help needy souls, including the souls of a group of children hiding in an old church. Who is Mellion and can Annie unravel the mystery about him before it is too late?

Carol-Anne Mason’s novel is engaging, well-plotted, featuring characters that are full-blown. The conflict is strong, and it exists at different levels. First, Annie is disoriented as she struggles to understand what is happening to her, grasping reality and learning to accept that she is no longer the person she used to be. The dynamics of her family relationships are brilliantly written. Getting involved with the dangerous soul of a priest is one of the things she couldn’t have imagined, and now the priest becomes her archenemy. The plot is filled with twists and unexpected moments, and as I read the story, I was curious about what would become of the characters. The Accidental Psychic is written in excellent prose; it features likable characters and phenomena that will have readers intrigued as they follow the story, wanting to find out what happens next to the characters they love.

Pikasho Deka

The Accidental Psychic is a paranormal thriller written by Carol-Anne Mason. After surviving a catastrophic train accident, thirty-two-year-old apprentice art dealer Annie Prior unwittingly unlocks her dormant psychic powers, gaining clairvoyance abilities to converse with spirits from beyond. She finds herself getting close to her savior, a man named Thos, with whom she starts a burgeoning romantic relationship. But visions of a dead priest continue to haunt her, forcing her to investigate further. Annie discovers that Mellion Jackson, an excommunicated priest, is the one haunting her and he is guilty of committing multiple atrocities on children. When she gets the opportunity to join the Spiritualist League, she finally fights off Mellion's malevolent spirit with the help of her mentor, Sam Hargreaves. But another Jackson family member still roams free, someone whom Annie must bring to justice.

If you enjoy movies such as The Sixth Sense, you're going to love The Accidental Psychic. Author Carol-Anne Mason blends elements of murder-mystery with the paranormal, crafting an absorbing tale about a powerful clairvoyant that entertains you from start to finish. The plot moves quickly in unexpected ways to keep you hooked throughout the pages. The characters have well-developed backstories that add depth and complexity to their personalities, making them compelling to read. Annie is a likable protagonist that you instantly start rooting for. Her changing relationship dynamic with her boss Melina was particularly impressive and felt like one of the highlights of the book. The Accidental Psychic is an engaging thriller that is bound to entertain fans of paranormal novels.