Today is my stop on the blog tour organised by R & R Book Tours for Supernatural Thriller Murder it’s All In Your Head by Cynthia Hilston. Thank you to Shannon from R & R Book Tours, for having me along on this highly enjoyable, gripping thrill-ride! There is a paperback giveaway at the end of this post – so be sure to stay tuned until the end!
Publication Date: December 5, 2020
Genre: Supernatural Thriller/ Horror
Print length : 204 pages
Someone has been getting away with murder for over 100 years in the small town of Hurston, Ohio. But the wrong person has been convicted of those murders every time. In 2018, Cassie Meadows is on her way to school when a bright flash comes out of nowhere, and she wakes in millionaire Randy Davis’s body with blood on her hands…the blood of Randy’s wife, who lies in a pool of crimson in the bathtub with her throat slit. Meanwhile, an old man everyone calls Jimmy Williams raves that he’s the real Randy Davis as he lives out his days in a ward for the criminally insane. In 1914, young Helen Hawkins is unloved and repetitively abused by her father, who is also the town’s pastor. Her only escape is in her dreams, where she wakes in others’ bodies, living other lives, but when her dreams turn out to be reality, the tables are turned on her father. In a story where no one is who they seem, how can Cassie, the latest victim accused of a murder she didn’t commit, end the cycle?
I was kindly sent a signed paperback copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Cynthia Hilston and R & R Book Tours.
Murder it’s all in your head is a psychological thriller with unexpected plot twists and turns and an unpredictable ending. Set in Ohio across a century, from 1914 – 2018, this novel has a clever and original premise . A wronged soul becomes able to possess other bodies and jump from one to another as the whim takes her. When she does this the soul who belongs in her chosen body ends up being displaced into the last body she possessed.
The first example of this is when in 2018, teenage girl, Cassie, out riding her bike suddenly experiences a blinding white flash and finds herself in the body of a bearded millionaire, Randall Davis, whose wife, Danielle she finds lying in their bathtub with her throat cut. When the police arrive Cassie/Randall is the prime suspect and due to her ravings about being a teenage girl is sent to an institution for the criminally insane, after being convicted of murder. By a quirk of fate it turns out that Randall’s soul is also in this facility, in the body of an old man, James Williams, who killed his neighbors and keeps insisting to the authorities that he is actually Randall Davies. Randall in James’ body makes the assumption that the soul of the old man, James must be in his body (a straight swap) and therefore must be his beloved Danielle’s murderer, leading him to attack his own body on sight. Confused yet?
Cassie’s body is now inhabited by the actual murderer and Cassie’s unsuspecting family is the next target. Can these two natural enemies, Randall and the person he thinks murdered his wife, work out what is going on and hatch a plan together that will save Cassie’s family in time? Along with these poor unsuspecting individuals, we experience the frustrating horror of not being able to escape the body they now find themselves in, as they are punished for the deeds “they” have done.
As the story develops we learn that the murderer is a girl named Helen, with a tragic backstory from back in 1914 when she was only twelve and her monster of a father, a pastor who is questioning his faith, would beat and rape her repeatedly. In this way we find out what exactly has warped and crazed her to make her become such an evil monster:
“A wound that remained open as long as hers never healed”
I liked the way the narrative jumps between times and locations giving us a taste of each character before jumping on to the next one. The characters often dream of their own memories and sometimes those of the body they inhabit, which helps to fill in the back stories of each character, making them more well-rounded and believable.
The mystery deepens and we wonder how it can ever be resolved. Twisted Helen has been killing and body jumping for a long time now and developed a taste for it. Her motto is:
“I always finish what I start”
This book is a gripping page turner. I couldn’t imagine how these unfortunate victims left in the wrong bodies were going to be able to bring an end to their situations, so I kept on reading trying to figure it out. In fact the way the story concluded took me completely by surprise!
This book has an unsavory theme running through it of mean and sadistic fathers and uncaring or incapable mothers. There are also examples of murder, child abuse and torture.
Bearing that in mind I would highly recommend it for fans of murder mystery with a supernatural flavor. 5/5 stars.
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About the Author
Cynthia Hilston is a stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married, and lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction.
In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Supernatural and Outlander, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, drinks wine or coffee with good friends, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.
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