Title: The Forever Girl
Author: Rebecca Hamilton
Publication: January 26th 2012 by Immortal Ink Publishing
Received: Bought on Kindle
Rating: 4 out of 5
Blurb: A Cult. A Murder. A Curse. Sophia’s family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves…
My thoughts: This book wasn’t what I expected. I’ve been following InkMuse on twitter for months now and then heard about Rebecca Hamilton and then learned they were one in the same. The Forever Girl is a murder mystery but it’s also a dysfunctional love story, and a tragedy in the same heartbeat.
Sophia deals with prejudice against her religion. Of course she lives in a small town where nobody else is Wiccan and so she pretty much expects that. While she’s keen to make the distinction between Wicca and Witchcraft, the world she ends up going down the rabbit hole and finding is a lot more intense than your garden variety Wicca.
That’s why it wasn’t what I expected. Other reviews called this a perfect example of the Wiccan religion but I failed to come to the same conclusion. I liked Sophia for her fierceness, her dislike of her own abilities and her need to blend into the crowd. That’s like most of us that practice a less than popular religion. These days being Wiccan isn’t as scrutinized (at least not in Canada) but when I tell people I’m a Druid, I still get funny stares and people ask what a Druid is, which leads to a long conversation.
Aside from Sophia’s religious beliefs, there’s a story here. There’s Sophia being rejected by her community, and her rejecting the community she’s being brought into. It’s interesting how on the one hand she’s rejected by the people she’s trying to embrace and rejecting the people who are trying to embrace her. Granted that Charles doesn’t come off as a very safe person in the first place, by the end of the book he’s rather accommodating.
I enjoyed the book even though it wasn’t what I expected, and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. If you haven’t tried this one yet, it is worth a read, just don’t expect it not to take you into the rabbit hole, it definitely does get intense!