A Wicked Thing

A Wicked Thing

by Michael Kasenow


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ISBN-13: 9780741482037
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2013
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

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A Wicked Thing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Murder, Ghosts, and Love in One Tidy Package Reviewed by Marty Shaw for Reader Views (5/13) A serial killer on the loose doesn’t seem like the kind of character you would find in a ghost story, and things might seem even weirder when you toss in a love story, but all the elements come together perfectly in “A Wicked Thing” by Michael Kasenow. The basic plot might cause an eye roll at first because a ghost pining for her lost love is one of the biggest cliché’s around but it’s a cliché because it works, and the extra twists provided by the author make it work very well. The main character, Jonathan MacAlister, is the type of guy that’s a joy to read about. He is a genuinely nice guy but he has a troubled past that haunts him, and his past isn’t the only thing doing the haunting since he arrived in New Brunswick because the ghost of a 19th-century woman, Mary McLaughlin, has taken an interest in him. As if being haunted by a ghost wasn’t enough, Jonathan also has his hands full with new next-door neighbor Kaitlin, who has taken a romantic shine to him, and Tara Walsh. Fortunately, most of his involvement with Tara is through interacting with the police because Tara is serious bad news. She is a serial killer with an insatiable hunger for the finer things in life, and she has figured out that killing people is the most satisfying way to get what she wants. Kasenow does a great job of making the characters seem real and making the reader feel emotionally invested in them, and readers that enjoy a bit of the macabre will be thrilled with the innovative ways that Tara uses to send people to their deaths. Hacking and slashing isn’t enough for this woman; she has turned killing into an art form. There are a few moments throughout the book where it seems like the author simply doesn’t want any of his research to go to waste, like at the beginning of Chapter 8 where a page and a half are dedicated to describing landscape. A similar thing happens at the beginning of Chapter 24, where almost an entire paragraph is spent delving into the logging history of the area. These in-depth descriptions wouldn’t be bad except they seem to have nothing to do with the story itself, and are the main reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5. However, there is no doubt that Kasenow is a master with words. His detailed description of Mary’s anguish and pain as she first breaks free from the mist that separates the living from the dead is one of the most riveting things I’ve ever read, providing both sympathy for and fear of the ghost that’s determined to keep certain secrets hidden. “A Wicked Thing” by Michael Kasenow offers an exciting adventure for fans of ghost stories, love stories, and murder mysteries, providing all three in a perfect balance within the pages of one book.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Michael Kasenow delivers a masterful thriller in his latest novel, A Wicked Thing. This is a thriller that addresses the innocence of good as much as the consequences of evil. In the quaint maritime province of St. Martins, New Brunswick, Gwen and Stephen Burns have a good life—near perfect, actually. Between their thriving real estate business, the handful of cabins they own and rent and Gwen’s ghost tours, the notion of ever retiring simply wasn’t an option. It seems Gwen was a strong believer in the afterlife and there was plenty of that to be found when the fog rolled in most nights near the Bay of Fundy that fronted their property. Stephen Burns, on the other hand, didn’t believe in ghosts. Most nights he was content to ignore such nonsense and opt for his easy chair with a good read—often the likes of a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Quiet was about to change for the Burns. St. Martins effortlessly delivered up many perfect blue sky days for summer beach dwellers. When a young boy and his mother happened upon Jonathan McAllister face-planted in the sandy shoreline, curiosity roused the boy’s imagination and he asked his mother if Jonathan was one of those beach bums as they passed by. Hearing the boy’s comment, Jonathan sat up and looked around. Dazed and confused, he couldn’t remember how he got there. What was more troubling was he had no idea where ‘there’ was. He shook off the night; picked himself up and set off in the direction of what he hoped would be town. He heard the voice of Ian McLaughlin before he saw the man, perched on the porch of the turn of the century Victorian. After a brief conversation and coming to the conclusion Jonathan needed a job and place to stay, Ian pointed him in the direction of the Burns. Maybe being here was a destiny; especially after the death of his wife and two sons. With the prospect of a place to stay in trade for some handyman work for the Burns, perhaps this was where he needed to be to sort things out over the summer ahead. St. Martin was about to lose its innocence. Stunning, redheaded, blue-eyed beauty Tara Walsh was declared legally insane after she satiated the appetite of an industrial wood chipper with the likes of her husband. According to Tara, the two horrific years of marriage to her brute of a husband Charley was the most frightening experience of her life. Fact of the matter was nobody knew for sure if Charley was the awful beast Tara described. No matter, all she ever wanted from Charley was the endless acres of timber he owned and the money that went along with it. On trial for his murder, she knew exactly when to turn the waterworks on for the jury as much as when to toss a sultry glance toward the judge. In the end, nobody bought any of it as she was found guilty and insane before being shipped off to the sanitarium. St. Martins was going to regret that decision for a very long time to come. Michael Kasenow is a master of the pen. He demonstrates this once again with his signature and fluid style. I had the pleasure of reading his previous book, A View From the Edge, and experienced an instant connection with his work. Such was also the case with A Wicked Thing. Mr. Kasenow deserves big props because it is clear to this writer; he knows how to write from his soul. He has an innate and natural ability to hold his audience willingly captive and engaged through the entire read. The man is a fantastic writer and without question, I am a fan. Keep writing Michael, you clearly have the gift. Quill says: A Wicked Thing is a sit on the edge of your seat thriller that has been written by a truly gifted wordsmith.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite "A Wicked Thing" by Michael Kasenow is an interesting book that introduces us to Jonathan MacAlister, a man who has recovered from a family tragedy only to discover that a beautiful serial killer and an angelic spirit are competing for whether he lives or dies. My first thought of Michael Kasenow's "A Wicked Thing" is that I love the cover. I know you should never judge a book by its cover but an attractive cover is always a bonus for me because it tells me a little something about the story and I like pretty art. Once I got into reading the book I was in for a treat. Michael Kasenow has really crafted something that immerses you into the characters' world fully and completely. Jonathan MacAlister is just the kind of character I am usually drawn to; he has had tragedy in his life and yet he continues on. He essentially does what so many of us do in real life: pull up your boot straps and keep on. Of course just when he thinks things might be on the up swing for him he finds out about the battle for his life or death, and frankly that would throw anyone for a loop. The descriptions and the prose that Michael Kasenow uses for "A Wicked Thing" are impressive and serve to add to the plot he has created. The story is unique and a little bit spellbinding. Once I started reading this one I really could not set it down until I was finished. I don't mind being late with dinner when I am in the middle of a fantastic story. Anyone who enjoys a good story with a fantastic cast will enjoy "A Wicked Thing".  
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rebecca McLeod for Readers' Favorite New Brunswick is a place of haunting beauty with several faces that she shows to her visitors. The spectacular Bay of Fundy is bluer than Caitlyn’s eyes; the mist hides the ghosts and legends out of Gwen’s tales, and the Bay can kill you just as quickly as Tara, the escaped serial killer now prowling the coast. Jonathan doesn’t even remember how he arrived in New Brunswick, but he is glad to start his carpentry again and eat lobster caught afresh from the bay. The Victorian-era houses need plenty of work and it looks as though he could be happy here, especially with the romantic advances from his neighbor Caitlyn. Something is amiss, though, and as the mist gathers around his house one night, he learns just what and who has been waiting for him.     The plot is very complex and so you’ll want to read slowly and carefully. The lavish descriptive passages deserve attention simply for their beauty; the plot and dialogue need attention so that you don’t miss a beat and end up confused. The murders are grisly, so sensitive readers will want to be mindful of that (perhaps not the best thing to read before bed if you have an overactive imagination). On some level, "A Wicked Thing" appears stuffed with red herrings so that much of the additional information could be left out to create a sleeker, faster-paced novel. Still a good read, especially if you are planning on visiting the coast!     
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite "A Wicked Thing" is set in a haunted Victorian house that was originally built in the 1850's by Captain Johnny Mac for his sweetheart, Mary McLaughlin. When Jonathan McAlister arrives here centuries later, she is believed to still haunt the house. Jonathan himself has just lost his family in an accident and is trying to reconstruct his life. Tara Walsh, on the other hand, is a notorious serial killer convicted of murdering her husband and is declared insane. Housed in a mental institution, she manages to escape. Unknown to many, these three characters have something in common and when their paths meet, an unlikely triangle unravels that will become part of St. Martin's lore and legend. Poetic and lyrical, Michael Kasenow's "A Wicked Thing" is a beautiful read. The characters are well-developed so that as I read the novel, they seem to become vivid and real. I would say that the novel's strength lies in its plot development. The story also has an interesting array of characters. As an award winning author of a collection of poems, "Six Feet Down", Michael Kasenow's choice of words in the description of the places and the people in this narrative produces a beautiful prose that is expressive and entertaining. This novel is a paranormal thriller that mixes madness and murder in such a way that it is both a gripping and exciting read. It is one of those rare books that have to be finished in one sitting.     
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ty Mall for Readers' Favorite "A Wicked Thing" by Michael Kasenow is about a tortured soul named Jonathan MacAlister. His wife and two boys died in an accident, and he moves to a seaside town to start over. Drama seems to follow him everywhere. For instance, his neighbors tell him his house was once lived in by Mary McLaughlin, a heartbroken woman who haunts the house. He starts seeing Mary in his dreams. Unusual murders happen, both because of the methods used, and who the victims are. All of these things annoy Jonathan’s beautiful neighbor Kaitlin, who stays interested in pursuing a relationship despite his quirks. Jonathan doesn’t know why him or why now, but what he finds out means more to him than he ever imagined.  This book grabbed my interest early on and pulled me in. I found it difficult to stop reading. There were things I figured out early on, or thought I did, and some that I didn’t. I thought the words of old man Ian rang true: “People belong somewhere, but they think everywhere else is a better deal.” In the end, I think that is really the point of this entire book. I enjoyed the Canadian locations and historical elements in the story, because they made me feel unsure about which parts were fiction, and which weren’t. The scenes between Jonathan and Mary are well done, and made both characters worth caring about. A great book, but don’t start it before going to bed.  
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite "A Wicked Thing" is set in the town of St. Martins in New Brunswick on the shores of Fundy Bay. The bay is ever-present, washing in and out in tides throughout the action in this paranormal thriller. Gwen and Stephen Burns have lived there all their lives and are at home with the tides. Gwen is sensitive to spirits, which she sees in the mist that comes in off the water. The Burns are realtors and own the two Victorians that perch besides theirs on the sands. One is rented to Kaitlyn, a young nurse who is escaping a bad marriage and the other, which was vacant and in need of maintenance, is let to Jonathan, a lost soul whose loss of his wife and two sons has left him in a stupor. He wakes up on the beach with no knowledge of who or where he is, and an elderly gentleman sends him on to Gwen. He settles into the vacant house, once owned by Mary McLaughlin, who Gwen claims haunts it. Meanwhile, Gwen's brother, a policeman, is involved in a manhunt for a sadistic killer. Michael Kasenow's "A Wicked Thing" is a lovely and haunting novel that lingers in your mind long after you have read the last few lines. There is action and thrills enough to keep the most jaded reader involved, but there is also lyrical, descriptive prose that you'll want to read out loud -- and then read again. There is a compelling ghost story entwined with a crime thriller, and both are set against the timeless backdrop of the water and the wilderness. This is a truly amazing piece of literature, and one that I am very glad to have read.