Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blurb Blitz Tour: Review & Giveaway - Say Nothing of What You See by Christy Effinger

Say Nothing of What You See

by Christy Effinger 



 When her aunt steps off a grain elevator into the emptiness of a prairie evening, Mira Piper loses her one protector. Chloe, her flighty mother, impulsively drags her daughter to Bramblewood, an isolated spiritualist retreat in northern Michigan, run by the enigmatic Dr. Virgil Simon. 

Chloe plans to train as a medium but it's Mira who discovers she can communicate with the dead. When her mother abandons her, Mira discovers a darker aspect to Bramblewood: the seemingly kind doctor has a sinister side and a strange control over his students. 

Then one winter's day Troy Farrington arrives, to fulfill his mother's dying wish and deliver her letter to the doctor. But calamity strikes and he finds himself a captive, tended by a sympathetic Mira. Haunted by her dead aunt and desperate to escape Bramblewood, Mira makes a devil's deal with Dr. Simon. But fulfillment comes with a steep cost...betrayal.



“You are absolutely stunning, Mira.”  

I stole another glance in the mirror. The material was a rich, shimmery gold that fell from my shoulders in folds of liquid light. It looked like something a Greek goddess might wear. Oh, how I wished the girls from Amberville High School could see me in this dress!  

“When you came here,” said Dr. Simon, “I had a vision of you like this. I looked at the girl before me, but I saw the woman you are now.”  

“Thank you,” I murmured, gesturing toward the piles of clothes on my bed. “You’ve been so generous. I know you’ve spent a good deal of money on me—”  

“Money means nothing,” he interrupted abruptly. “I have more than I could ever spend, more than I know what to do with. Don’t consider the cost.”  

His tone was brusque, and I wondered if I had offended him.  

But the next moment Dr. Simon smiled. “I think of you as my charity case. You were like a doll thrown out in the garbage. I simply rescued you from the trash, cleaned you up, and dressed you in something decent. But the beauty was present all along.” He touched my cheek. “Here.” Then he touched my forehead. “Here.” Then he touched my chest. “And here.”  

I knew he was referring to my heart, but even so, his hand on my chest made my face warm with discomfort.  

“You blush so easily,” he laughed. “You’ll never be able hide anything, Mira, with such a transparent face.”  

“That’s all right,” I said, taking a small step back. “I don’t have anything to hide.”



Say Nothing of What You See tells the tale of Mira, the daughter of a very selfish, heartless mother, Chloe. Mira was heartbroken when the only woman who cared for her, her Aunt Charlotte, committed suicide. The most difficult moment of this life altering event was Mira witnessed her aunt's death, a time from which she cannot seem to escape.

Chloe finally breaks up with a drug dealing boyfriend who, while she was out and about would spend his evenings beating Mira, calling her despicable names. Chloe is a witch, as in black magic, while Mira dreams of going to college and starting a life with meaning.

After the break-up, Mira is forced to go to a commune-like location with her mother, where an independently wealthy Dr Simon trains 'mediums.' Dr Simon is a very powerful man who has many skeletons in his closet, literally. He practically brainwashes his students, which he has managed to seperate from the rest of the world. The group lives without outside contact unless monitored by the strange Dr Simon. After Mira's mother leaves her stranded at the home, leaving with her latest lover, Dr Simon takes over and obviously has nefarious intentions for Mira. Then, a young, handsome man comes to the home and becomes the prisoner of the Doctor. Other than Mira, no one cares about this breach of normalcy. They all totoally accept this despicable treatment because the Doctor said it is so. How easily Mira accepts the hoops Dr Simon causes her to jump through and then does not run screaming for help the first chance she gets shows the power of the doctor's hold over her.

I enjoyed this story and suggest readers take the time to let it envelop you into it's dark tale. ~JoEllen


AUTHOR Bio and Links: 
Christy Effinger’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in various print and online publications. She lives near Indianapolis.
Her website is  
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  1. Thank you for showcasing my book on your blog. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

  2. Great review, I enjoyed it.. and I loved the excerpt!! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Thanks for the excerpt, I liked it.

  4. I love discovering authors, new authors to me because I haven't heard of her before. The giveaways are always great to.

  5. i enjoyed the blurb and excerpt

  6. I liked the font it was very easy to read and follow the excerpt.