Title: Eye of the Gargoyle
Author: Wendy Webb
Genre: International Mystery, Metaphysical Fiction
At the end of a metaphysical conference, reluctant attendee Camille Dare discovers an envelope with her name on it. Filled with travel documents, a photograph, and bloody scarf material, the source of the envelope and its contents remain anonymous, but the directive is clear: Find the missing person in this very unusual case.
The missing person, Katherine Agurre, comes from a high profile, influential and wealthy family who has long since become estranged from her. Although they’ve never met, Camille is worried about Katherine’s wellbeing, as are others in the metaphysical community, including a tarot reader, an astrologer, a retired world traveler, and an internationally known psychic.
A growing obsession with the missing person case and her own quest for self-understanding compel Camille to begin a trip to meet people she never knew and locations she never expected to visit.
Inside the Munster cathedral in the Old Town square of Freiburg, Germany, Camille meets a strange man who wears a collection of religious icons. India is an assault not only to the senses but to everything Camille finds comfortable and safe. She doesn't know anyone in Asheville, North Carolina, but drives toward the small mountain city with little more than the cryptic astrological chart that has led her there.
Who is the anonymous source of these travels, and why was Camille the target? If she’s real, if she’s alive, can anyone find Katherine Agurre if she doesn’t want to be found?
Camille started her travels by choice until there is no choice anymore. Each step of the way raises the stakes, not just for Katherine but for Camille as well.
Little did Camille Dare realize opening a mysterious envelope with her name on it would direct her on a journey across the world. She’s tasked with trying to find a missing person, Katherine Agurre. Camille throws her whole being into finding Katherine but with each clue comes many more questions. The more she searches, the stronger her obsession becomes. Where is Katherine and who is funding her travels to discover the truth about Katherine? Can Camille discover the truth before she, too, becomes a missing person?
Never in my life have I read a book like this. The plot moves back and forth through time in snippets of experiences and the reader is left to figure out the mystery right along with the main character, Camille. Each character is a mystery to unravel. Metaphysical themes are the foundations of this mystery. The plot has an original premise, but the execution could use some work. I found it disjointed to go back and forth through time. It would’ve been better to have clear transitions. Wendy Webb does a superb job dangling clues for the readers to pick up in order to solve the mystery. Absorbing narration added to the reading experience.
If you’re looking for a metaphysical mystery to lose yourself in, pick this up today. A perfect way to travel virtually around the world.
My Rating: 4 stars
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Wendy Webb is a nurse, educator, and a disaster medical responder. An avid traveler she’s learned to keep a notebook to jot down details of the inevitable strange, unusual, or just plain quirky event that will occur where she goes. You can find more information on wendywebbwriting.com.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N
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