Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Saturday Review

Dark Legacy

Author: Anna DeStefano,
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
Publication Date: August 25, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-505-528193
Genre: Romantic Suspense and Paranormal

Anna DeStefano’s Dark Legacy, Book 1 of her Legacy series, will drive you crazy, literally. The main character Dr. Maddie Temple has recurring nightmares and dangerous daydreams triggered by her twin sister, Sarah. Sarah has been in a comma at the Trinity Psychiatric Research Center for the last 10 years, following a tragic auto accident in which their father was killed. To say this book is intense is an understatement. It combines paranormal and romantic suspense for a riveting read.

Using Dream Weaver techniques, Sarah can link with a host’s unconscious mind and implant a custom-designed dream that can be triggered later. But someone sinister at the research center, a government defense program which is trying to weaponize daydreaming, is in control of Sarah’s psychic ability and wants to exploit the girls’ power.

Maddie’s love interest, Dr. Jarred Keith, can also participate in the Temple twins’ psychic link and place himself into the girls’ dreams. Sarah, and eventually Maddie, will need the help of Jarred and Dr. Richard Metting, Sarah’s control at the center, to escape the center and untangle their own dark legacy, a 200-year-old curse on their family that speaks of the battle between good and evil. But can the girls trust their doctors and rely on each other?

“Mind Your Own Business” doesn’t apply to the characters in this book. If you start to hear voices while you’re reading this book, you’re not alone. Everyone is in everyone else’s brain and in each other’s minds and thoughts. Dark Legacy is a great concept, with a surprise ending that sets up the book for a sequel called Secret Legacy.

Reviewed by: Marilyn Baron
Ratings: 4 Petit Fours & 2 Hot Tamales


Carol Burnside said...

Wow. This sounds INTENSE, and the excerpt I received at Nat'l hooked me right in. Guess I'll have to add this to my shopping list.

Thanks, Marilyn.

Pamela Varnado said...

My first love is paranormal and your story sounds intriquing. I can't wait for it to be released. Is the series a continous story of the current hero/heroine or will you introduce new protoganists?

Tami Brothers said...

I am definitely adding this to my list!!!

Thanks for the review, Marilyn!


Mary Marvella said...

I'll take one, please. Like I need another book!

Anna Destefano said...

Thanks, Marilyn for the awesome review! And thanks, everyone, for being so excited about Dark Legacy. You're wonderful friends.

I'm just back in town from New York and haven't even had a chance to see it in a bookstore here in Atlanta. Gonna go for a fieldtrip tonight ;o)

I can't to chat with everyone tomorrow!

Anna Destefano said...

Oh, and Pam--The Legacy series will be an opened-ended series. Next year's release, Secret Legacy, is a sequel (the love story of the DL's heroine's twin sister--the psychotic twin ;o).

Then I'm working on another set of three stories, about another family with latent paranormal powers that are in danger of being used for evil. The tie that will hold the series together is the brotherhood of watchers charged for centuries with tracking these "special" families and protecting their powers from the lure of darkness... Bwahahaha