To Charm a Killer has a style of its own. Sentence by sentence it reads as magically as the story line it self. It’s like an entire novel of poetically penned story content. There were quite a few times I had to re-read certain paragraphs, as I was so caught up with the magic of wording I actually missed the story line. The best way I can think of to describe the writing style is extremely creative intelligence. I’d love to spend a day in the mind of W.L Hawkins, just to see what it’s like in there. With this writing style, I’d have to say the book isn’t for everyone, BUT if you have a flare and a love of unique phrasing then you have to read this!!!!
I love the way all the characters are unique and cleverly developed. They are one of a kind and tied to together with ease. My favorite is character is hands down Estrada. He’s witty, well drawn, and so full of quick-witted banter and steamy thoughts you just can’t help but to be drawn to his complexity.
Hawkin is also able to weave in quite the magically edgy coming-of-age story with another Maggie. She’s a teen with an in-explainable pull to the Coven, although she’s brought up in a very strict Catholic home. Maggie’s story alone is one of a kind, and the way she is tied in through out is genius.
My Rating — 3.75 of 5
When a third witch vanishes from Vancouver, the witches of Hollystone Coven spin a charm to catch the killer. But spells ripple with repercussions, and in the ensuing chaos, an innocent seventeen-year-old girl gets caught up in the charm. As obsessed with the killer as the killer is with him, High Priest Estrada vows to find the man and stop him. Then, at their Samhain ritual, Hecate speaks through their high priestess and shocks everyone with her prophecy:
As one of you has spun the charm, now none of you are safe from harm.
One who all felt they could trust, breeds deception cloaked in lust.
One will gain their heart’s desire, while yet another pays with fire.
Before the dark of winter night, four souls pass over into light.
Once begun it cannot end, but circles round as circles bend.
To save the girl and catch the killer, Estrada journeys from the West Coast of Canada to Ireland and Beyond. Abduction, death, fire, and faeries. Who is the killer? Why is he killing witches? And how can he be stopped before Hecate’s prophecy comes true?
WL Hawkin weaves threads of Macbeth and ancient Irish myth with edgy romance in this mysterious urban fantasy. To Charm a Killer is the first in the Hollystone Mysteries series.