by Terry Tyler
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: November 5, 2011
Publisher: Terry Tyler
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 196 pages
Available from: Amazon
Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com
YOU WISH was the winner of the "Best Chick Lit/Women's Lit" in the eFestival of Words 2013.
Do we control our own destiny - or might it be determined by fate,
coincidence, luck...or even magic?
Ruth, an amateur psychic with a husband who smokes cannabis for breakfast, is
haunted by a tragic event from her teenage years which, she suspects, was the
result of a wish she made on an allegedly enchanted stone. Too embarrassed to
admit her fears, she keeps her secret to herself for twenty-five years.
Petra is the perennial singleton amongst her friends, unable, she thinks, to
fall in love. She comes across the stone at a Psychic Fair and makes a wish,
just for fun. As the wish begins to come true she wishes she had chosen her
words with more care.
Spoilt, weight-obsessed Sarah wants nothing more than to be "size zero". As
her life spirals downwards into the seedy world of drug abuse and addiction, she
remembers the day at the Psychic Fair when she wished for her heart's desire.
When Ruth learns of the fates of Petra and Sarah she is forced to confront her
guilt and discover the truth about the Wishing Stone...
Terry Tyler's debut novel is a quirky contemporary drama exploring the themes
of family affairs, infidelity and guilt, incorporating jealousy, drug abuse and the
obsession of a Facebook stalker, against a backdrop of secrets and superstition.
You Wish...by Terry Tyler
What happens when a carnival psychic, who struggles with her conscience and the part she is playing, a couple of young British women and a “magic” wishing stone cross paths? Ruth is vague with her predictions, leaving their interpretation to the customer. Seriously, almost anything can be twisted until it has a feeling of the spiritual or supernatural forces at work. She reasons that if someone is happy with what they hear, it is their choice to choose the path their lives will take. The wishing stone is another matter and when seventeen people pay to make a wish while rubbing it, Ruth knows from experience that seventeen people could become train wrecks just waiting to happen.
Sarah and Petra already have more hang ups than a phone solicitor in their quest for the perfect life, the perfect happiness, the perfect love and the perfect body. Each becomes obsessed with themselves, Sarah, in her quest to be beautiful, thinks thinner is better, whatever it takes, from yo-yo dieting to drugs. Petra wants to be loved, and falls for every guy who looks at her, misinterpreting a brief fling with undying affection, turning into a twisted and jealous stalker. Are these lives truly effected by their wish on the stone or have they become so obsessed with false ideas about happiness and love that they have made their own worlds into nightmarish caricatures of life?
Terry Tyler has put her own spin on looking for love and happiness in all the wrong places, creating a sharp and biting look at the inner workings of the mind that avoids reality and responsibility for their actions while never accepting the view others see. She has used familiar platforms to ostracize her characters, with her use of un-friending and blocking a person on social media; the ultimate slam and ridicule. With a core set of characters and several satellite characters that play huge roles in their own way, I felt I was walking into a world where everyone forgot how to communicate and value themselves. Fortunately, Ms. Tyler did sprinkle some humor with in to lighten this otherwise heavy tome while delivering a message that rings true for everyone. Was I amazed by this gem? Yes! Did Ms. Tyler hit me between the eyes with the depth of her writing? Oh, yes, I’m still reeling from her words. Highly recommended, just remember, this is not sunshine and smiley faces, this is a slice of reality on steroids. Remember this next time you make a careless wish.