Updated: Jan 14
Writer Anneka Lowrie has burst onto the psychological thriller scene with a mystical twist that explores the intersection between ancient wisdom and the worst that human nature has to offer.
The Wilds of Pennsylvania are a remote place where most residents are proud, self-reliant and hardworking. Those qualities and the area’s natural seclusion drew Johanna Kincaid to retire to the mountainside farm of Elk Run. She is enjoying an idyllic refuge from her former fast-paced life as psychologist to the wealthy and privileged.
However her newfound tranquility is quickly disrupted when a long time friend asks her to help with a troubling problem; how to hide the victim of a horrific crime from traffickers who want her dead. If she agrees, her life and the lives of her dearest friends will be in serious danger. If she fails, an innocent girl will die. Johanna must find a way to combine her adept knowledge of human behavior with her impeccable training as an apprentice shaman. As she maneuvers her way through a series of complicated events, she discovers she, too, is being relentlessly tracked like prey.
Anneka Lowrie snatched an unfortunately all too common event from the headline news and wove a gripping tale in which the power of corruption comes face to face with a force greater than wealth, status and financial gain. The writer reminds us "some of these events are true. Most of the characters are fictitious. All of the wisdom is real."
The inclusion of a more-than-human world is not as strange as it might seem. The author, herself, is a student of these extraordinary elements and is quick to demonstrate just how seamlessly this wisdom is interwoven with everyday actions of which many people are unaware. In perfectly poised moments, the author creates tense intersections between the manipulative rules of human society and unassailable rules from the world of spirit. Told with equal measures of horror, grief and humor, A Murder of Crows succeeds simply because the stakes are real and deep down, we want to defeat the unconscionable crimes human inflict upon one another.