Bad magic book review

Bad magic was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Book: Bad Magic 

Author: A.M Sterling 

Publication date: October 1st 2019 

Genre: psychological thriller 

Rating: 3 STARS 

Contains: mentions of rape, pedophilia, drug use, suicide, spiking of drinks and overdose.


When Richard meets his cousin Amanda for the first time in twenty years, he’s still afraid of her; she bullied him throughout his childhood and sexually abused him when they were teenagers.

He owns a struggling art gallery that only survives because his wealthy grandmother pays for it. But now Amanda’s back in his life, things look set to change. She’s out to make trouble, drugging Richard with Rohypnol, faking a burglary and trying to persuade their grandmother to change her will.

Richard’s heard a rumour she murdered her mother. Fearing for his grandmother’s life and his inheritance, he decides to give Amanda a dose of her own medicine.

My Review 

What to say about Bad Magic? Hmmm this was an easy and quick read but not what I was expecting at all.  I went into this story expecting a psychological thriller full of stakes, twists and turns, that would keep me on the edge of my seat but unfortunately it didn’t. 

I feel like the synopsis did not give this book any justice because I expected Richard to fight back against Amanda who has bullied and tormented him his while life but he just lies down and let’s her get away with everything. Richard was a very weak and one dimensional character and I didn’t really like him so things he said, thought and did had me rolling my eyes. 

There was a few twists and turns towards the end which I didn’t see coming which I enjoyed and shocked me. These twists and turns did raise my rating to a three star. 

I would recommend this thriller to people trying to branch out into thriller novels. 

About the Author 

A. M. Stirling has had a varied career as a freelance photographer, an artist with several national and international exhibitions to his name, and an academic. After harbouring an ambition to write fiction for far too long, he completed an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University in 2012.

Bad Magic is his first published novel. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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