Review of ‘Fenella, A Witch’


By Cynthia Bujnicki

Fenella, A Witch by Stefanie Moers
Brain Mill Press
Image Credit: Edelweiss

“Stefanie Moers introduces the remarkable Fenella, an unsettling and seductive deviant whose command of witchcraft is either a delusion or dangerous. As the evidence against her piles up, she compels everyone — her attorney, her sister, the courts — to go along with her, even as they try to resist the power of her chaotic charm.” —Goodreads

Published by Brain Mill Press Fenella, A Witch by Stefanie Moers is an unsettling tale following a ddelusional woman.

Very odd novel. It is hard to describe this novel because it is about this woman Fenella who killed her boyfriend and put his head in her freezer. Someone gets wind of it, and she is facing charges. However, the odd thing about this novel is that the murder and her trial becomes background noise to the story. It is about Fenella being a witch, or rather how she interprets her life as a witch and strange encounters she has.

Fenella, A Witch was just a bizarre novel that many people are probably not going to like. Fenella is a self-absorbed character who thinks of life as dull and her dreams more fulfilling. She does not consider how others feel, even strangers. She prides herself on making others uncomfortable. Fenella is not a likable character, but she is not unlikeable either. She is odd, and it makes caring about the story interesting just because the reader is curious about that murder. Except nothing comes from it.

The story flows almost like stream of consciousness but reads like a profile piece. It is hard to describe the novel because Fenella is such a delusional character that piecing together reality makes it a tough read. Fenella is not only unlikeable, but she is an unreliable narrator. The core of the story is to highlight how demented and self-centered Fenella is, and that sure gets through to the reader, pushing everything to the background, ultimately hurting the story.

Fenella, A Witch is a bizarre read that was just not good. (★★☆☆☆)

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Product Details:

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 2019

Page count: 128pp

Age Range: 16 & Over

ISBN: 978-1-9485-5937-9

Publisher: Brain Mill Press

List Price: $15.95

     
 

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