Publisher: Portable Magic
Publishing Date: july 2014
Publisher Description: THE MIDNIGHT SIDE is a chilling tale of a seductive woman who, even from the grave, is able to manipulate events to her satisfaction. A haunting story of obsession and revenge, Natasha Mostert’s novel is an intricate psychological thriller with an ending that will leave you breathless.
Review: Cover art is ok. Not real compelling.
Once again I am cast into the folds of endless internal dialogue and reams of descriptive goo. Ms. Mostert (our high karate kick boxing author from Afghanistan (lol)), leads us down the clingy path of insecurity that ends in manipulative bliss. Isa is our emo-heroine who likes banging married men that tend to die. One reviewer said the Isa came off as “weak willed and self-indulgent”. What a perfect description. I would add that her concern for others only reflects a cloying self-centeredness. So Isa gets a ghost call from her childhood friend, Alette (SPOOKY VISION!!!) who ultimately wants to manipulate Isa from the grave and do her bidding. And that folks, is the story-line. From then on, it is “Isa is timid, Isa is shy, Isa wants man-cake, Isa feels bad, Isa wants to talk to herself”. Besides the Isa show, we have spot characters like Eric (dead), Alette (dead), Michael (dead), and Justin.
The characters in terms of knowing and liking them are scantily developed. Alette’s picture is pretty clear as someone you would never want to know. Michael is a murdering psycho. Justin is seemingly a control freak, but that changes once Isa gets to know him and bang him (Justin is Alettes husband shhhhh). And that’s about it. The rest of the story leads to this anti-climactic reveal which was pretty obvious from the beginning. The only thing that holds the plot together is Isa and all her dreamy inner-ramblings. This author is a damn good writer. Her talent is wasted on this world building that encompasses inner dialogue and itemized descriptors of “going here, going there, and this room and that chair”. This novel gets 4 stars for boring me senseless, and almost 2 stars for attempting to entertain.