[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Turn of the Karmic Wheel by Monica Brinkman

Posted 15 December, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

About the Book:
The Turn of the Karmic Wheel is a unique, fresh approach of how each individual’s actions in life affect the masses.

Set in the small college town of Raleigh, MO, the author delves into the psyche of several residents who live vastly different lifestyles. From the affluent to the poor, we follow each characters’ journey through life be it one of faith, self-indulgence, greed, kindness or diversity.

Angela Frank, a young wife, mother, psychiatrist and reluctant psychic, holds the key to unleashing a force more powerful than humankind has ever experienced as universal law takes hold, ultimately revealing the characters inner self, their soul. Under such scrutiny, some will face horrific consequences of their life’s actions, while others will find absolute pleasure.

From Joshua Allen, an egotistical, handsome, dashing young man to Euclid Hannigan, a simple country middle-aged retiree, you will be moved with emotion when the demons hidden deep within or the joy of gentleness and compassion surface as each characters story unfolds to a final climatic finish.

About the Author:

Monica M. Brinkman lived in the Philadelphia, PA area, relocated to the California Bay, where she resided for thirty years and now resides in the St. Louis, MO area, which was the inspiration of her newest book, The Turn of the Karmic Wheel.

She views herself as a citizen of all the States, finding that people throughout the country are warm, caring and most want the same things in life, to enjoy their passions, make a living and be surrounded by those they love. In her own words, “Life is truly an adventure. I believe in giving everyone the opportunity to go after their passions in life. To not do so, creates hostility, depression and emptiness.”

A free-lance author and poet, she embraces stories that have meaning and purpose. Though a bit of a rebel, when some authors told her that no one would ever read a story set in the Missouri Ozarks, nor would they wish to read a mixed genre, that was all it took. “How dare they insult the intelligence of our readers by placing them in a box”. Off she went, and wrote this exact type of story, set in the small rural college town of Raleigh, MO. It is a mixed genre of suspense, horror, spiritutality and a touch of the paranormal. Monica is working on the sequel, The Wheels Final Turn, set in the State of California.

You can find out more about Monica and her work at https://monicabrinkmanbooks.webs.com/

My Review:
Well. This was certainly psychedelically,paranormally(those are the only words I can think of that fit this suspenseful novel!) different and interesting. As the back of this book says, ‘what goes around comes around’, and, through the characters, events in their lives and their personalities, Monica Brinkman certainly shows, through a fictionalization of good vs. evil with the chance to turn your life around, just how true that is. It wasn’t the characters, however, that hooked me to this story. It was the plot line and I was interested in seeing how the whole karma deal would play out.

Needless to say, it was VERY interesting. Not my normal choice in books that I would have bought off of a book shelf. However, it was certainly not the most awful of books either. There were multiple characters, some sweet, loving and kind, others were bullies, full of greed and unkind feelings to their fellow man, though, from a glance or two, you would never imagine that that is how they are.  Some mysterious things started happening to all these people of Raleigh, Missouri, like voices, and visions, and with each page turn it became more gripping and interesting, calling me into the story completely. And, by the end of the book….well, one word comes to mind: WOW. Definitely not the ending that I was expecting!

All in all, despite some use of language, this psychedelic (look at the cover and tell me it doesn’t look psychedelic and strait from the 70’s?) book had a major theme packed into the pages: Do unto to others as you would have done to you. Great characters, unique writing style, interesting “karmic” happenings and a twist of mystery make up this 4 star book. I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel to this paranormal novel, The Wheel’s Final Turn, as it will be interesting to follow up with the characters in the future!

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