Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
Walks Through Mist is the first episode in The Dreaming by Kim Murphy and it immediately establishes an exciting start for what will undoubtedly become an enthralling series. Hit and run victim Phoebe Wynne is hospitalized with relatively minor injuries, but suffering apparent amnesia. As Phoebe is a victim of violent crime, detective Lee Crowley is called in, as well as psychologist Shae Howard, to unravel the patient’s identity and help her recover from her blackout. Phoebe, however, presents Lee and Shae with a highly unusual case and what they ultimately discover about her and themselves is far beyond anything they could have imagined.
The story alternates between modern day Virginia and seventeenth-century colonial Jamestown along with the nearby Powhatan Indian tribes. Ms. Murphy takes the reader on an exciting journey through history utilizing modern day relationships, ancient old traditions and beliefs, hints of witchcraft, paranormal activities and a love affair intertwined with an unusual spin on the subject of time travel. While discovering the origins and unraveling the mystery that surrounds Phoebe, Detective Crowley also comes face to face with the unknowns that have haunted his own beginnings. The superb writing, the historical aspects that are exquisitely researched and presented, and a unique premise well told in Walks Through Mist made for one of the best reading experiences I’ve had this year. Not only can I highly recommend this novel to all lovers of mixed genre stories, including science fiction, drama, romance, history and mystery, but I’m absolutely going to be reading the next book in The Dreaming series.