"Cursed by Christ" Book Review
Written by Jennifer Turner
Published by MW Publications
Written by Matthew Warner
2018, 228 pages, Fiction
Released on May 22nd, 2018
Cursed by Christ originally began its life as a backstory in Root of Evil, written by author Matthew Warner at the start of his career. I’m glad the story of the cursed but resilient Alice Norwick is able to find its own voice and become the novel it is today.
I love this book in that creepy, obsessive, fan girl way that women often love things. For starters, the novel is set in the Civil War era, which is one of my favorite time periods to read about. Also, how many novelists actually have the cajones to write a story where Jesus is the villain? Cursed by Christ is a solid tale only slightly marred by a lull in the middle that is quickly made up for by an amazing ending.
The plot centers on the aforementioned Alice, whose mother believes she is cursed by Christ and warns her daughter that the curse will be passed down to Alice and her future generations. This doesn’t turn out to be a crazy fantasy because in a matter of weeks, Alice becomes an orphan and a murderess whose only salvation is to marry a soldier named Thorne. This marriage of convenience turns inconvenient real quick when her salvation turns out to be a garden variety arsehole.
Thorne soon marches off to war and leaves Alice to deal with her malicious malady while trying to run a dying plantation. Alice’s visions and delusions weaken her and she spends much of the middle of the story, depressed and distant from the world. This is where the story lulls. I get why the character is suffering, but that doesn’t really help move things along. There were times when I wanted to smack Alice and tell her to put on her big girl petticoats and deal. Alice finally does come out of it and is ready to move on with her life, but unfortunately Thorne returns and she is trapped again. With her errant husband back the story begins to pick up that exciting breathless pace weaving an amazing tale full of mystery and some well-plotted out twists.
I love how in the beginning the novel just jumps into action. No slow build up or need for intricate backstories to slow it down. I’m a fan of books that take the reader from the frying pan straight into the fire. The ending is definitely worth plodding through the slow part of the novel that makes my pimp hand twitch.