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The 8th House
Wendy Jensen
Crossroads Publishing, 300 pages

The 8th House
Wendy Jensen
Wendy Jensen's interests include remodeling and decorating the interior of her 125-year-old house, gardening and crafts such as crocheting, sewing and ceramics. She is married with 2 teenage children, 3 grown step-children and a host of grandchildren.

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A review by Jonathan Fesmire

Popular suspense author ZoŽ Zignego lives a thrice-cursed life. She reads minds, has psychic dreams of horrible murders, and sees ghosts -- all of which started after the car accident that left her with head wounds and her husband dead.

Since gaining her powers, she's helped in homicide investigations as a psychic consultant, but in The 8th House is helping with her toughest case yet. Someone is murdering people according to their zodiac sign, one a month, at the full moon. And ZoŽ is dreaming about the murders in grisly detail, from the killer carving astrology charts on the bellies of his still-living victims, to the following dismemberment.

Are her psychic abilities a blessing, or a curse? Even ZoŽ is uncertain. She grows weary of her dreams and the intruding thoughts of strangers, yet she bought her new house because it's haunted. Her bigoted ghost has his own dark secrets and troubles concerning the death of his daughter and the lynching of a young black man 70 years before.

Wendy Jensen's tale blends horror, mystery, and suspense into a well-crafted book that kept me up way past bedtime and that just might make sleep difficult for some readers. She has populated The 8th House with interesting characters such as Larry, the police investigator who pushes her to dream of the killings; Johnny, the young deputy and civil war buff; and ZoŽ herself, a genuine psychic and horror "schlock-mistress" living in small town America.

Hard to put down, The 8th House is a gripping read, and proof that the cross-genre novel is alive and well.

Copyright © 2000 by Jonathan Fesmire

Jonathan Fesmire has travelled to France, Germany, Estonia, Finland, and Ireland. He enjoys speaking French and learning bits of other foreign languages, but most of all, he loves writing, and has sold fiction to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, SpaceWays Weekly, Jackhammer, and others.

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