Come Back to the Swamp by Laura Morrison
Thank you to Black Spot Books for my free review copy. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: Working on completing her ecology graduate degree, Bernice is doing invasive species research in Cleary Swamp when she is confronted by a mysterious hag who says she is the swamp’s caretaker. When Bernice discovers that the hag is actually a woman named Rebecca Hallett who disappeared in the swamp decades before she attempts to remove the strange old woman from Cleary Swamp, but little does Bernice know that Rebecca has a mystical bond to the area—one that possesses a human host and bonds them to it. One magical hallucinogenic powder cocktail and a space opera spirit journey later, Bernice’s life has changed forever. The swamp wants her for its new caretaker, and it won’t take no for an answer.
Review: I enjoyed this short, quirky story about a young woman that tries to disrupt the bond between a swamp witch and the land she protects, and then must suffer the consequences. It’s a very quick read with a clear beginning, middle and end. At times the dialogue felt a little cheesy – the main character didn’t seem like to type to be calling everyone “man,” but still a unique and entertaining story. I was expecting the ending to go in a different direction, but I liked that it was left open. I’m absolutely in love with this cover; I could stare at it all day!
Publisher: Black Spot Books
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Page Count: 111
Overall Rating: 3/5