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`Read Epub Ø The Diviner's Tale É An Otto Penzler Book Walking a lonely forested valley on a spring morning in upstate New York, having been hired by a developer to dowse the land, Cassandra Brooks comes upon the shocking vision of a young girl hanged from a tree When she returns with authorities to the site, the body has vanished, leaving in question Cassandra s credibility if not her sanity The next day, on a return visit with the sheriff to have another look, a dazed, mute missing girl emerges from the woods, alive and the very picture of Cassandra s hanged girl What follows is the narrative of ever deepening and increasingly bizarre divinations that will lead this gifted young woman, the struggling single mother of twin boys, hurtling toward a past she d long since thought was behind her The Diviner s Tale is at once a journey of self discovery and an unorthodox murder mystery, a tale of the fantastic and a family chronicle told by an otherwise ordinary woman When Cassandra s dark forebodings take on tangible form, she is forced to confront a life spiraling out of control And soon she is locked in a mortal chess match with a real life killer who has haunted her since before she can remember A complex, intricate story told with such skill that it was a quick, engaging read The prose was, at times, utterly beautiful As a mystery, there wasn t ever really doubt as to who the bad guy was but I think the bigger story and thepoignant mystery was what happened in Cassandra s past I really enjoyed watching it all unfold. I am highly offended by terrible writing and I make no secret of that fact This book does not have terrible writing it is probably the best written god awful story I ve ever read and in a way, that is evenoffensive than a bad story poorly written.I wish I were one of those amazing.gif finding people because I suddenly, due to this book, completely understand the need to write a review in nothing but memes and gifs to properly express my emotions Sadly, however, my technical skills are I am highly offended by terrible writing and I make no secret of that fact This book does not have terrible writing it is probably the best written god awful story I ve ever read and in a way, that is evenoffensive than a bad story poorly written.I wish I were one of those amazing.gif finding people because I suddenly, due to this book, completely understand the need to write a review in nothing but memes and gifs to properly express my emotions Sadly, however, my technical skills are lacking so I m going to bitch about this story behind the cut It is behind a cut because I am going to discuss spoilers throughout the whole thing so if you don t want to know what happens in the book, how it ends, the bad guy s final line, just stop reading here Actually, stop reading anyhow because the review beyond the cut is going to go on for pages I m very irritated right now.Oh, wait I want to say onething, aimed at the author, actually If you can t say rape, then you shouldn t write about it Rape is not something we gloss over with euphemisms, with words that elicit sympathy without having to make us look at the violence and crime of rape face on We do not sweep rape under a rug, we do not hide rape because it is embarrassing, we do not shy away from talking about rape talking about rape is the only way to let people know that it happens and it is horrible and that we needtools to keep it from happening especially to children who don t know rape exists because we don t talk about it so they don t know to be aware I am not saying you should be shocking and brutal in your description but I am saying you need to acknowledge rape so call it what it is and not pain and then I blacked out or I was assaulted If you are really a man writing this I am hoping that a woman wrote this and is just under the guise of a male author while working through some things, though I m not exactly sure how that could be any better, actually you need to broaden your association with female acquaintances because, based on this book, it seems you have a very low opinion of women, as the main female is a wishy washy, self absorbed, non identity who never grows at all and the other women are judgey, jealous, or victims And don t write about rape again.Thank you view spoiler Ok So If you read the summary for this story, you know that Cassandra is out dowsing for a good place to dig a lake when she happens upon the body of a girl hung from a tree branch by a rope She feels like she s being watched, drops her dowsing rod, and runs back through wilderness to her truck and zooms into town to tell the police Everyone hauls ass back out to the site of the crime only to find nothing There s no sign on the tree branch of a hanging, no rope fragments, not to mention no dangling body We now have some possible set ups here Is there a creepy dude running around hanging people, watching his victims get found, and then jacking with the finder s minds by erasing all the evidence before the cops can get there OR is Cassandra sliding down to some sort of mentally ill place and has started seeing things OR are there ghosts trying to help Cassandra help them get justice because there s a killer out there stringing up girls is this foreshadowing of death to come and Cassandra, true to her namesake, sees it before it happens in order to prevent the crime Any of those would have worked for me I like the catch the killer suspense novels I like the Oh No Main Character Is Crazy And We re Along For The Ride books I like ghost stories.This was none of those This was the most unbelievable and also boring story I ve probably ever read.Let s move to another tactic this jumping around unnecessarily thing is employed all throughout the book so fits in great with this review Imagine you re a single mother with twin 11 year old boys You know there s a sociopath tricking children into his van, keeping and abusing them, then killing them You suspect you are tied to this person and that he may even wish you harm due to harm he has done to you in the past.Do you a Tell the police whose chief happens to be your BFF friends anyone who will listen about your suspicions and fears and continue to share your thoughts even though you worry people will think you re crazy just like Greek Cassandra ORb Have a sit down with your children and your parents, letting them know that you have reason to believe there s a crazy killer in the area and that everyone may be in danger so you re all just going to lie low for awhile and maybe keep a loaded gun in the house and the children are not to touch it unless the killer comes barging through their door and there is no one else to save them ORc Think about all your memories of the psychopath throughout the entire story, culminating in the memory if being raped by him in your childhood but then do nothing, tell no one because everyone will just assume that you re biased and taking revenge on this guy even though no one knows anything about the rape OR his oh, by the way murder of a teenage girl that you saw prior to being rapedso may as well not say a thing, not even to your children who could potentially be in danger Yeah Guess which path our clueless, self unaware, identity free, personalityless drip of a character chooses Ok, so, we know there s either a killer on the loose OR Cass is losing her marbles and we have to suss out which it could be OR she has to solve the mystery based on clues left by ghosts She s usually in the I m losing my marbles camp because she does not believe in herself and it gets to the point where she puts up her dowsing, a skill that has been passed down through generations of her family and for which they all have a stellar reputation though, right before her father succumbs to dementia, he admits that he, his dad, his dad s dad, the whole line just faked it all along and happened to get luckytimes than not so looked legit but that she is the real deal, thank goodness WTF because one of her sons gets teased for having a crazy mother She calls the visions that she s had since right before her brother died The Monster and tries not to believe in them even though the visions usually tell her true things She chalks the hanging girl up to being a manifestation of The Monster It s not that she s tortured by being a Cassandra always prognosticating and never convincing anyone and then everyone dies as much as she s worried about what her mother thinks of all this, her mother who is an amazing science teacher as well as a super close minded Christian, and what the townsfolk must be thinking Pay no mind to her father who has always encouraged her dowsing skills and, to an extent, her visionary ways It s what everyone besides her and her father think of her that matters A lot.I was actually thinking the hanged girl was a ghost of a victim and that all this messing with the land because the book starts with her looking for a place to dig a lake, remember is bringing the ghost then ghosts to the surface and they re pleading for help This thought was substantiated when another ghost appeared I think it was a different ghost It may have been the same one only with a different hairstyle and outfit because, you know, ghosts do that And why it showed up where it did, far away from the other one, is beyond me I thought the second ghost was trying to show that girls had been killed over in this other area, too, but I was wrong That would have been a good story, though and then also when the chief of police said, Oh, you know what For the past X amount of years, there have been a ton of girls of about these ages going missing in this entire area and none of the cases have ever been solved, though many of them have been put down as runaways so no one looked any further into it Interesting Well, I have other things to do and need to not spend so much time in this story as a potential but not really love interest, so, forget I said anything It could have been ghosts of murdered girls, murdered by a killer who had ties to Cassandra s family and that is why the ghosts keep popping up in all the places Cassandra goes which is sort of what happened Kind of We ve got Cass doubting herself and wishing her daddy could fix everything tell her what to do like he used to, but he can t because his Alzheimer s is stealing him away too quickly She s sad about that but oh well It happens La dee dah She has her dead brother to think about and the specialness of her kids Her two boysthe 11 year old twins who sometimes behave like they re 17 and treat her like she s their stupid little sister and she refers to herself as my boys mother when sharing their interactions which makes it sound like they have another mother and she s their step mother, or something, though that s definitely not the case because there s a whole huge story about how she got pregnant, blah blah blah There s lots of lyricism and prosetry going on in the writing which is jarring because this is a suspense novel, isn t it At least partially This type of language does not lend itself to the sense of urgency we, the readers, should be feeling I felt a sense of urgency throughout the book because I desperately wanted something, anything, to happen My sense of urgency was borne from the need to not be bored.There are sentences like low clouds moved hastily between the open ocean and overcast sky like random thoughts under a proven theory I don t even know what that s supposed to mean The hastily got me worked up but then the proven theory just threw me into a mass of confusion because What Her mom s the scientist, not Cass, the character who is thinking this thought about clouds and theories She wasn t even thinking of her mom when she had that thought Where did the random thoughts under proven theories even come from Then, while musing about her dad as her whole family watches the sun rise up from the ocean a sunsetting man watching the sun rise This would probably be beautiful and poetic in another bookmaybe a Nicholas Sparks novelbut here I just wanted to shove Cassandra off over the cliff.Alright So I ve introduced you to Cass who has visions, is a dowser, and owns not one iota of self worth or identity You know about her twin boys who are 11 but act much older oh, and they re super special They are the most special of special children you will ever read about They re essentially unicorns in disguise There are her parents, one in failing health and the other who condemns family members for not attending church There s the BFF police chief who is but isn t a love interest And there s a killer Oh, and the dead brother And the girl the dead brother and the killer pushed off a cliff when they were all teenagers, a murder Cass witnessed but never told anyone about until she tells us somewhere in the last 1 3 of the book But then, there is also the live victim, the 15 year old girl who was found in the wilderness once the police started looking in earnest for the missing hanged girl She somehow becomes the person Cass loves most in the book, the most meaningful character in Cass life because it s like she is like Cass in that she was abducted and raped by the same man The thing is, though, the teenage girl has the smarts to be afraid and try to run from her tormentor Cass Not so much It sounds like there s a lot of buildup to this story, huh Yeah, well, there s not It meanders here and there, jumping the timeline from what seems like the present to last weekend to 20 years ago to the present to ten or eleven or twelve years ago to the time when she lived with her parents while she was pregnant to the present only then we find out the present isn t the present, that there s another present which is the present in which she is telling this tale and looking back over all these different mish mashed moments in time and while there are bits and pieces of the story littered throughout all the timelines, it s not until the last chapter that anything happens and even when it does, it s terribly anti climactic and boring.The ONLY person I understood in this book was the killer He only appeared in person for maybe three paragraphs but I got him, his motivation, his twisted ways And I have to agree with him in one of his last momentsI should have saved you the trouble of turning into such a fool, and dodged to the left with miraculous celerity because you know, killers and their bouncing about ways Seriously, though, he should have saved her the trouble of turning into such a fool But then he jumped off a cliff to spare himself the agony of getting apprehended and everything came to a nice and tidy full circle close cuz he pushed that girl off the cliff so long ago, remember And that was how this whole thing ended Yelling, dialogue, the end No You raped me, you fucking asshole And this little girl, too and Cass shoving the killer off the cliff No He just runs and jumps and ta da All done.And so the story turns out to be less of a suspense novel, less of a ghost story, not at all in the mind of a woman who is losing touch with reality tale, as it is a Accept Yourself fable Because that is the moral of the story Be who you are and don t worry about what everyone else thinks of you.So heartwarming.I hated this book so much hide spoiler Dear authors I prefer books that consistently use quotation marks, break up long blocks of text, and allow me to get to know the main characters before spinning off into tangential anecdotes and history Oh, and it d be nice if we cared about the people who get killed off, too Thanks MG Cassandra Brooks, a diviner by trade and a single mother of two boys, is hired to dowse the land for a developer in search of a water source She finds muchthan that as she sees a young girl hanging from a tree She rushes to call the police and returns to show them the body only to find it has disappeared or been removed Known for being an outcast because of her trade, it is speculated that she just had a weird vision The police bring her back to revisit the scene when a girl, identical Cassandra Brooks, a diviner by trade and a single mother of two boys, is hired to dowse the land for a developer in search of a water source She finds muchthan that as she sees a young girl hanging from a tree She rushes to call the police and returns to show them the body only to find it has disappeared or been removed Known for being an outcast because of her trade, it is speculated that she just had a weird vision The police bring her back to revisit the scene when a girl, identical to the hanging girl, is found wandering in the woods confused about where she is and refuses to answer questions Who is this girl and what happened to her Her visions and divinations uncover a bigger mystery that put her and her family in serious danger.I don t typically read mystery thriller type books but this year I m trying to discover new genres I call myself an eclectic reader but there are some genres I just haven t yet explored I was craving a good mystery, and this one sounded really interesting, but I think I got a lotthan what I thought I d get from this one It was a lotthan a lady with some sort of psychic powers helping to solve crimes all fun and reminiscent of various tv shows I ve enjoyed It deals with familial issues and truly accepting yourself That all sounds corny but it just a lot deeper than your typical mystery thriller at least ones that I ve read It also had some incredible beautiful prose describing some of the natural world which was a huge element of this story considering her profession Basically what she does is walks about the land with a divining rod and listens to the land in order to find water sources and minerals and such.The plot was interesting and there were plenty of twists and turns Some of the things seemed very predictable I don t know if it s just me because I always figure out who dunit during shows like CSI and I think I would have felt a little unsatisfied had the book not had the kind of substance it did I thought the various relationships were interesting and well explored and I really started to adore Cassandra Nep, her father, was my favorite though I loved her relationship with her boys although it seemed like they took care of her but you could tell they just thought the world of their mom The only thing that irked me was these boys seemed WAY to smart for their age I ve seen a lot of clever kids their age but they just seemed a little over the top.My final thought If you like your mystery thriller books with a littlesubstance, beautiful prose and a dash of the supernatural, you will enjoy The Diviner s Tale The mystery of her visions and ability to sense things most can t are just as interesting as figuring out all the tangible mysteries If you are expecting a mystery thriller that is mostly plot driven and has you on the edge of your seat every second of the book, you might want to look elsewhere as sometimes it was a slower pace It wasn t some action packed, twists and turns at every page type of novel I really enjoyed it but I know it won t be as fast paced as some readers like it