M.K. Hancock’s debut is a gripping, insidious thrill ride that veers relentlessly into the monstrous and occult, haunting the reader along the way with emotional and psychological horror and malicious characters that’ll keep you up at night.
Rachel Ogden’s hung up on a past she can’t quite remember, despite more than a decade of therapy. No matter what her therapist says, she knows what really happened the night of the fire. She knows no one wants to hear the impossible things that make her sound crazy, so she keeps her extraordinary memory to herself. Most of that night is a black hole in her memory, something she avoids just like the painful truth that her mother left her in Kentucky after the fire, all alone with domineering grandparents and nightmares that have only gotten worse in adulthood.
She keeps herself busy with the present, preferring the security of her best friend and business partner Emily Jones while cautiously branching into dating after a catfishing incident left her wary of meeting anyone. Mike Smith seems nice, polished, and professional, a regular guy with a thriving stake in a family-owned nightclub business, even if he does come on aggressively.
Rachel Ogden’s life changes when her mother’s ghost visits with a grim message: “You must protect yourself! Life or DEATH. Enemies may come and go unless you barricade against them. Create a barrier to protect your home and mind. BEWARE! All magic comes at a cost!”
Praise for “The Witch’s Spiral”
“If you like your stories with goth dance clubs with secret rooms, women kicking ass, terrifyingly bloody action, and one or two ritual orgies, you are going to love this book as much as I did.”
“I absolutely LOVED reading “The Witch’s Spiral.” I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen and found it difficult to put down! I loved the characters (even the creepy ones!) and am hoping for more books in this saga!”
“This was a perfectly witchy read.”
“The female protagonist is such an unapologetic boss! I needed a good ‘down with the patriarchy’ read.”
“Terrifying. It feels like Hancock is just scratching the surface of what lies in the depths of the word ‘occult.'”
“Really good book and impressive for a debut novel.”