Second Look: The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

You guys!  This is my last book review…of 2014!  I wasn’t sure I’d finish in time, but I got so engrossed in the novel I couldn’t put it down.  (Except to play MINION RUSH.)  I have to blog about this because I’m still kind of blown away and need to share.  Plus, it might turn into one of those, “I’ll have to read it again to get everything” books.

Okay, here we go.

Author:  Edgar Cantarello
Pub. Date: 2014
Age: Adult
Genre:  Mystery, Supernatural


The Story:  After finding out his second cousin, twice removed, has committed suicide and left his estate to A., our narrator, A. leaves England for America (Virginia, to be exact) with his companion, Niamh (“Neeve”).  When they arrive, they are surprised to find the estate is a monstrous mansion.  On several acres of land.  With its own resident ghost.  However, this isn’t the true plot of the story.  When A. starts having very strange, very vivid dreams, Niamh has to do what she can to help him before he commits suicide like the house’s former owners.

As A. and Niamh investigate their new house, they begin to find odd clues left by the previous owner, Ambrose Wells.  These include encrypted letters that talk about a secret society that Wells’s hosts every year on the winter solstice.

As the story progresses, the reader learns more and more about this Society, along with its ties to neuroscience.  (But don’t worry, there isn’t that much heavy-handed science stuff.)

There’s a satisfying conclusion to the story, which I wasn’t really expecting because it did happen quite fast.  There’s the climax, then it just ends….but Cantero does nicely to tie everything together in a nice little bow for the reader.

This Reader’s Opinion:  I liked it.  As I was reading, I was trying to piece everything together, and man I didn’t get it.  It was refreshing to read a mystery that wasn’t so easily figured out.  I also liked the way it read.  It wasn’t a simply narrative, but broken into different media.  The author tells the story in: (amongst other ways) letters, diary entries, audio recordings, and video scripts.  In fact, the only real narrative comes at the very end of the story.

I’d definitely recommend this for anyone who likes unique reads.  Also, for those who enjoyed Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION, you should check this out (as a lot of it has to do with dreams).

When I requested the book from the library, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’d wanted something with a little paranormal in it.  While THE SUPERNATURAL ENHANCEMENTS wasn’t quite what I’d been expecting, I really enjoyed it.

The Rating… 8/10

Bonus:  Try This if You Liked… Bram Stoker’s DRACULA.  The plot is completely different, but the way the story is relayed to the reader makes it similar.  The reader finds out the truth as the narrator does.  (Spoiler:  There aren’t any vampires in Cantero’s novel.)


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