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Water Witch

Water Witch

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by Deborah LeBlanc

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People are disappearing in the mysterious bayous of Louisiana and it's up to a local "water witch," a woman with powers of divination, to try to find them before more people disappear.


People are disappearing in the mysterious bayous of Louisiana and it's up to a local "water witch," a woman with powers of divination, to try to find them before more people disappear.

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The bayou reigns supreme in the realms of atmosphere. A reader or moviegoer would be hard-pressed to name a locale that invigorates and swallows the senses as deeply as the alien-down-home feeling of southern Louisiana. In the midst of that beautiful, swampy place rife with creatures of all sorts, a new queen sits on the throne who captures its essence in every story, every line, every person.
When you meet Leblanc’s characters, you sink deep into their lives, their feelings, just as if you had stepped in quicksand or the ancient silt which lies beneath the mysteries of her settings.
Ritual and tradition are essential to every one of her novels. Water Witch is no different, with its supernatural command of the spirit world by Olm, an odd character who wishes not only to follow in his ancestor’s brutal ceremonies of the Pawnee tribe. Rituals, just like recipes, are seldom followed to the “T” – improvisation keeps things fresh and fun. However, the kidnapping of a young boy and girl bring out more problems than solutions. Some might say Olm is a simple-minded character, but look deeper for a strong parallel to modern religious leaders. The insertion of such “natural” phenomena in the bayou as the feux fo lais and affects of the wildlife bring an “is it or isn’t it?” conflict which again, brings home the mystery of a land foreign to most readers.
Characters in Leblanc’s novels never fail to mutate away from the standard formula, shown to perfection in Family Inheritance and Morbid Curiosity. Those who populate Water Witch don’t disappoint. Besides the enigmatic Olm and grandmotherly Poochie, who feel as tangible as an alligator hide, the main character shines in a manner not seen before by this author.
Dunny ranks high on the list of memorable heroines as she holds a special power – due to an extra finger. Rather than compare her to King’s Johnny Smith or Koontz’ Odd Thomas, Dunny deserves her own categorization. Also reluctant, she pulls herself into a world of seclusion, wary of the social implications that would accompany a finger that helps locate objects and people. Leblanc pulls her out into the real world, albeit the strange one detailed here, but also manages to pull in the reader.
Very highly recommended.--(David Simms)

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Water Witch 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one as well as all the books by this author. This is a quick read as I could not put it down. If you like this one check her others......great imagination!!!!!
BuWho More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy a book that moves right along. The characters and believable. The story line is believable and the suspense builds with every turn of the page. Especially the last few pages. If her other books are like this one, I'll be reading all of them.
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Ange66 More than 1 year ago
LeBlanc has penned a classic tale of supernatural thrills set in the Louisana bayous - a region LeBlanc writes about with such authority, you can smell the swamp. Complete with with characters you really grow to love, the book flies by at breakneck speed, leaving you breathless and longing for more. The plot is simple: a madman believes only human sacrifices will give him the powers of his ancestors so he searches for victims. Meanwhile, Dunny - who knows nothing of the ritual killer - develops as a witch, and is inexorably drawn to confront him. The children are heartbreakeningly drawn, the killer terrifying, and the witch fascinating. Added together with truly frightening scenes and a pulse-pounding plot, Water Witch is un-put-downable! I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great read.
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Integrity-Consultants More than 1 year ago
Quite Surprising! I was underwhelmed with Leblanc's 'A House Divided' and didn't have very high hopes going into 'Water Witch.' I was surprised and actually glad to have underestimated the experience I would have with this book. I picked it up yesterday and just a few short hours later, I was closing the back cover and recommending it to my husband. It had an interesting premise with unique elements that aren't overdone and haven't been seen a dozen times before. There are certain core concepts and elements of alchemy, dowsing, magic, and energy that are repeated from one story to another, but the author found a way to incorporate a few small details that changed the story enough to hold my interest and wonder how the ending would unfold. The characters were developed to an above average level, and I could picture the characters easily. This is a good, quick read for anyone looking for a short escape, lovers of magic, suspense, and those with an appreciation for character development.
MamaMouse More than 1 year ago
This was a great little book to start off my October reading and listening month. Since I have visited the bayou before and I know what a creepy, spooky, and eerie place it can be . this book gave me shivers! Anyone who has ever been there can tell you that there are things that go on in the bayou that just don't happen anyplace else. Strange lights, strange sounds and people disappearing are just some of the strangeness that happens around the bayou. So this was the perfect setting for this book. This story follows Dunny Pollock who was gifted with an extra finger. Her extra finger helps her find things, but she tries to hide it by wearing gloves all the time. Although her sister Angelle knows about her extra abilities, she has promised to keep quiet about it and never bring it up. When two children go missing and other bizarre things start happening to Angelle, she feels compelled to call Dunny and ask for help. So Dunny travels to the small Lousiana town and quickly becomes involved with the strange happenings going on. Dunny arrives in Louisiana and meets Poochie, Angelle's grandmother-in-law. Poochie is an outspoken, spiritual southern lady who occasionally yells out bingo numbers. But there is much more to this strange lady who throws shoes up in her prayer tree. I could have used a little more back story on some of the characters in this book and what was up with the ghosts and the shoes? I absolutely loved the Poochie character. Overall this is a great little read.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
You think you had it rough as a kid trying to fit in but try walking in Dunny's shoes. It seems the more she tries to extinguish her powers and live a normal life, something happens and she is the only one who can make things right. When a couple of kids vanish from thin air, Dunny has to decide what is more important, staying under the radar or saving two lives. Talk about suspense! I was literally on the edge of my seat reading this book. Another must-have author.