The Witchhunt

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
61 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2022
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

The Witchhunt begins with mumblings of a supernatural presence as a crew makes repairs. Soon, accusations and slurs are thrown among the men as something sinister comes between them. Next, a policeman accompanies the property manager as she seeks to enforce an eviction notice, and an investigator encounters the Witch and hears an account of the depravities of human nature and the need for peace. Through her villain’s dialog, author Lori R. Lopez breaks down the cycle of the human condition as the Witch has experienced it.

The Witchhunt destroyed the “wicked witch” stereotype for me. Lori R. Lopez challenges her readers to question whether the villain of her novella is evil, or is the Witch a product of generations of abuse and misuse? The language is well-developed, and it builds suspense. Darkness is felt from more than just the story; it also arises from the emotions and visions the words evoke. The injustices in the world are clearly outlined in the dialog and through the thoughts of the characters. There is so much more to the story than just an old woman who refuses to leave her apartment. Through her long life and list of experiences, the Witch has become an empath, feeling the pain of the world too strongly to have daily interactions with society. The story draws on the terrors and injustices the Witch has seen and endured to paint her withdrawal from society in a more positive light. The story is suspenseful, yet thought-provoking, as the reader is encouraged to understand the reasons for the Witch’s actions or inactions. I recommend the book to mature readers as the subject matter has horror elements.