Flora Reviews… The Séance (The Jinn Series #1) by Ayse Hafiza
Read: 27th – 28th December 2018
Publication Date: 24th June 2016
Quote from The Séance
“Frank would have loved the flowers, Eleanor thought to herself a she surveyed their beauty. The bright, beautiful yellows brought a half smile to her face. She knew that yellow signified friendship, and it complemented the autumnal oranges that were a nod to the grief the day brought.”
My Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 4/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 3/5
So what’s this book about?
The Séance is the first short story (approx 49 pages) in Ms Hafiza’s spiritual paranormal horror series – The Jinn Series – a collection of short stories based on the Jinn. Each story is a tale of interaction between the Jinn and humankind. Jinn are also known as Genies, Djinn, Demons and Devils. The Séance is a story about the devastating grief of losing a loved one and the coping strategies we put in place to fill the sorrow.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Eleanor misses Frank. Why did he betray her and die? The abyss of loneliness is drowning her, and she can’t live without him, she isn’t living just existing, wracked with grief Eleanor takes extreme measure because she needs to know their love isn’t a lie.
What would you do? Do you have patience? Would you try to reach him?
She doesn’t know the consequences of her actions, but she will soon find out.
This is a short story of over ten thousand words.
The Jinn Series can be read as individual novellas; The Séance (The Jinn Series #1) A story of lost love and a widow’s grief, The Crush (The Jinn Series #2) A paranormal romance, Magician’s Assistant (The Jinn Series #3) A magician’s quest to be the best at any price, Devil’s Daughter (The Jinn Series #4) A girl is born into the wrong family searches to discover where she belongs, The Egyptologist (The Jinn Series #5) A Jinni captured by a human, Confessions of a Witch (The Jinn Series #6) Based on a true story of a muti killing, Possessing Asya (The Jinn Series #7) A story of revenge and human possession or all stories can be bought as a 259 page anthology in Jinn Series Short Story Compilation Featuring The Jinn.
So, what did I like about it?
I have read other novellas by Ms Hafiza and like her writing style; I enjoy how her tales make you look at the world with new eyes, re-evaluate your beliefs and entertain you all at the same time. The Séance did not let me down.
I had no pre-conceived ideas where the story would take me but I really enjoyed the journey. I loved the fact that although this story is from Eleanor’s point of view, we the reader, could see beyond what she knew or thought she knew. I love that this story plunges us into the sorrow of losing the love of your life; Eleanor and Frank had been together for 50 years and it’s written so beautifully, the prose easily connected me to Eleanor. I understand that the grief of losing a loved one can change a person’s perspective and reading this moving tale, I could see similar coping mechanisms with my own Nan when my Grandad died.
The reality in this story built a good solid foundation for the paranormal aspects and I love that Ms Hafiza balanced the tears and wistful thinking with paranormal chills. At times I, the reader, could see the danger that Eleanor was in and I love that Ms Hafiza used her grief to keep her blind; it was very frustrating in a good way and I love that I was still caught unaware by the ending.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I really loved this book, there was nothing that grated on me or niggled but I feel that I should explain why I rated it 4 stars instead of 5.
As I have mentioned in previous reviews, when a book is less than 90 pages long, I feel that the story’s plot and characters are unable to grow and be developed fully like they can in a full novella or novel and as such can’t in all conscience rate it with that final star.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this novella; it was a unique read. The Séance really reminds me of those old dark fairy tales I used to read; The Brothers Grimm, Aesop’s Fables or old Welsh folk tales like the lightening tree, etc. I liked it – it had the same feel. The next short story is The Crush and we get a taste of it at the end of this book.
This story doesn’t have any explicit sexual or brutally violent scenes but it is chilling at times,, therefore, I recommend it anyone who enjoys reading relationship tales with a spooky twist.
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