LOVEREADING VIEW ON LUCIA'S POLTERGEIST
- This book is a brilliant book, being one of the best written books I have read.
Initially it took a little time to get into the story as the Author has an intense descriptive style of writing. This is a dark book in places as it deals sexual and mental health problems within a family and how these affect the members of the family, Lucia, her mother, father, step-mother and her two brothers. Set in London with Lucia as a child the Author takes the reader through the first 20 years or so of Lucia's life from her unhappy childhood as she grows up.
Living in a dysfunctional family with a divorced mother who has mental health issues of her own and gives Lucia a chaotic upbringing making her feel unloved, unwanted and useless. Despite the many beatings from her mother and visiting her stepfather on visits who sexually abused her a a child, Lucia brings Ginger into the story in the form of a poltergeist and uses the poltergeist as a means of trying to hit back at her family. Unfortunately she takes her poltergeist personality too far to the extent that she does not know if Ginger is real or part of her psyche. Her father's remarriage to Yvonne also causes extra problems for Lucia as it is clear from their first meeting that Yvonne doesnt want to know her. She is also dealing with her mother and her brother seeking psychic help and healing from practitioners which make her feel better at the time but as soon as she steps into the outside world all her negative feeling fly back and she is caught in a catch-22 situation.
Enter Colin, who has a laid back attitude to life and he gently guides and supports her and gradually she learns that life is not all negative and positive things do happen. She eventually moves to the United States and happily settles down to work and a relationship only to receive a call from her mum that her dad has died. She returns to London a stronger person and deals with both Yvonne and her dad's funeral. She receives a box of her dad's papers from Yvonne and her dad describes how he loved her written via poetry and selections from books. Lucia now can move on in life.
A great story, well written and researched and is one that should be on your booklist.
Catherine Bryce, A LoveReading Ambassador
Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Lucia’s Poltergeist by Felicia Kate Solomon dives deep into the journey of Lucia, a girl who craves love, care, happiness, and a better life. Her dreams are constantly crushed by her reality. Her mother is a single parent to three kids: Lucia, Ben, and Tim. Lucia is the youngest. The story goes back and forth from the year 1989, when Lucia was sixteen years old, to 1980, the time when Lucia was seven years old. In these flashbacks, Lucia remembers the time that she spent with her father. Since her parents were divorced, she could not live with both of them and had to be with her mother all the time except for weekends, when Lucia could visit her father. She hated being with her mother because she was abusive -- both physically and emotionally. She said mean things to Lucia and made her feel insignificant. Lucia craved her mother's attention more than anything else. She did not know that the strange appearance of pools of water would get her mother to acknowledge Lucia's existence. The more these paranormal activities escalated, both in frequency and intensity, the more Lucia started getting her mother's attention. Ben believed that Lucia was the cause of these supernatural occurrences; however, nobody believed him.
I am in awe of the amazing writing of the author. The deep impact a mother's negligence can have on a child's psyche could not have been written any better than how the author has expressed it in Lucia’s Poltergeist. Lucia's low self-esteem, a troubling perspective of the world, the inability to express herself normally, a depressed state of mind, and deep psychological issues are just some of the attributes that her damaged childhood left her with. The author has done a commendable job in narrating Lucia's gradual transformation from a terrified and troubled young girl to an independent adult. Those paranormal activities turned out to be the push that Lucia needed to realize and change her life. Everything - from the dialogues to describing the characters to maintaining the intrigue - is impeccable beyond doubt. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy joining a character on a journey of self-realization and who really enjoy complicated characters.