Beryl Parker grew up in the old world of fairgrounds and con artists. After years of wedded bliss with Charlie, they had managed the best con ever! But a year later, Charlie dies, leaving Beryl penniless and in hiding. One day while walking through a local market, she sees a sign for a fortune teller and sits nearby to listen in on what was going on. It was perfect! Such a great scam. It wasn't long before she's set up her own stall and five years later, she's living in a grand Victorian house in the best part of Cardiff. She has money in the bank and takes luxurious holidays. But Beryl should watch out who she reads to, because sometimes they come back for more.
The Psychic by Margarita Felices
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a super short story! I loved it!
Beryl Parker is a fascinating character. She is a very shrewd woman, who spots an opportunity to make some cash and grabs it. I 'm not sure about my feelings about this lady. On the one hand I really liked her, but on the other, I didn't like her profession. Conning people out of their hard earned cash disgusts me morally; Maybe I'm just too honest!
This story is a delightful tale full of twists and turns. The book starts off slowly, but quickly builds into a suspenseful and spooky ghost story that sent shivers down my spine! As it is a short story, I finished it within fifteen minutes. I do wish that it was a little longer, but sometimes it's better to have quality over quantity. The characters were quirky and interesting. The ending has a surprising twist that I didn't see coming, and I guess that Beryl didn't either! I wonder if Beryl is still practicing as a medium, because it would be interesting to see if her services are still being utilized by "the other side"!
Margarita Felices has written an intriguing ghost story that kept me glued to the pages. I loved her writing style, which flowed wonderfully. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
I recommend this book if you love horror or ghost stories tinged with dark humour. - Lynn Worton
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