#BLOGTOUR | Bad Magic by A.M. Stirling @AMStirling1 @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs #amreading #bookblogger #bookreview #bookworm #damppebblesblogtours #BadMagicBook

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my tour stop for Bad Magic by A.M. Stirling. Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for my stop on the tour! Check out my review and let me know what you think!

  • Bad Magic
  • Author: A.M. Stirling
  • Publication Date: October 1st 2019
  • Publisher: Wombach Press
  • Format: e-copy
  • Genre: Thriller

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.

Amazon UK * Amazon US


Whoa. I am having a bit of a hard time writing this review. This book was fantastically written. A.M. Stirling leaves no stone un-turned in this novel. A trigger warning: it’s a story about sexual abuse and bullying. It is very graphic and there were parts I had a difficult time getting through.

Not at all for the faint of heart. The atmosphere of this novel is so dark, I could feel the novel taking me down. Though I never had any issues with sexual abuse, this was still very dark and scary. The pace was fantastic though, and I think if I could have read through the difficult parts, I would have been able to read this in one sitting…but I needed to set it down sometimes.

Overall, I did like some of the plot twits. There were lots of secrets, and we were slapped with the dark side of humanity. I personally wish there was a trigger warning somewhere in the book because I can see how this would cause issues with someone who had a similar experience. If you enjoy dark books, this is definitely a book for you.


3.5 (rounded to 4 for Amazon & Goodreads)/5

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.

Twitter * Amazon Author Page

Let me know what you think!


4 thoughts on “#BLOGTOUR | Bad Magic by A.M. Stirling @AMStirling1 @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs #amreading #bookblogger #bookreview #bookworm #damppebblesblogtours #BadMagicBook

    1. I had a hard time with this one too, but the writing was great, so I had to sort of figure out how to write the review. A tough one! I’m sorry it messed with you, my love. ❤


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