"The Astral Gift by Marilyn Meredith opens up with a gripping
prologue that makes the reader yearn to read the next word and the
next. But the suspense does not stop there, instead, it builds up
in layer after layer as the novel progresses. Each chapter will
bring the reader to an unsuspecting and surprising turn and twist.
It is a book that can both send shivers down your spine and tears
to your eyes. It is brilliantly crafted in a fast-pace manner that
brings the readers to the edge of their seats. It is a highly recommended
book for anyone who enjoys mystery with elements of supernatural
I give it 4.5 stars!"
December 23, 2003 Reviewed by Shirley Cheng, author of Daring Quests
"Elaine is not sure if her unusual abilities to travel outside
her body and see other people's colored auras is a gift or a curse.
After surviving a horrific childhood of abuse by a step-father,
Elaine has found her calling in working with pre-school children.
The work is satisfying, but the money is not enough to be self-supporting,
so Elaine has decided to move into an apartment with her friend
Caro. Caro is Elaine's polar opposite. She wears flashy clothes
and makeup and has a new boyfriend each week, it seems. This relationship
with Caro and some problems at the pre-school trigger her astral
projections to a dizzying pace. It brings a new relationship with
a gentle policeman into her life, but also puts her freedom and
life in jeopardy.
In The Astral Gift, Ms. Meredith has the perfect balance of paranormal,
mystery and romance. The heroine is one for whom the reader feels
great empathy. She has not let herself wallow in victim-hood, but
has chosen a life where she can help small children. The Astral
Gift packs an emotional wallop as well as telling a compelling story.
It is sure to please current fans of Ms. Meredith and win her new
-- Roberta Austin reviewer of All About Murder & Murder and Mayhem
Review from the BookShelf
An emotionally charged story about violence and mysticism. The Astral Gift recounts the tale of a woman who, as an abused child, learned to escape her terror in a most remarkable way. As an adult, the heroine is haunted by, and finds strength in, her escape mechanism.
Marilyn Meredith does an excellent job in
developing her characters. This, the second book I have read by the author, reveals not only her talent to tell a story, as she does in "Two Ways West," but also her ability to create one.