Stephen Gregory’s Wakening The Crow is a twisted tale that references Edgar Allan Poe. The plot of this novel seemed quite strange to me, but I couldn’t set it down. The use of a tooth as a talisman for change is very interesting. Every chapter gives more information about the family’s journey. I found that the addition of the mouse and crow as pertinent characters is fascinating. Even the setting of the story turns spooky in this book. Many different elements of the story carried me through to the end of this book. I urge dark story lovers to grab a copy fast!
The story begins with a hyper child who’s dominant mother abandoned him with an unhappy father. The story also involves how quickly things change. Oliver, the main character, transitions like a complex whirlwind.
With the looming shadow of Edgar Allan Poe falling over one family, Gregory takes the reader into a world of uncertainty and fear.
Oliver Gooch comes across a tooth, in a velvet box, with a handwritten note from 1888 to say it's a tooth from the boy Edgar Allan Poe. He displays it in his new bookshop, and names the store Poe's Tooth Books.
Oliver took the money from his small daughter Chloe's accident insurance and bought a converted church to live in with his altered child and wife. Rosie hopes Chloe will came back to herself but Oliver is secretly relieved to have this new easy-to-manage child, and holds at bay the guilt that the accident was a result of his negligence. On a freezing night he and Chloe come across the crow, a raggedy skeletal wretch of a bird, and it refuses to leave. It infiltrates their lives, it alters Oliver's relationship with Rosie, it changes Chloe. It's a dangerous presence in the firelit, shadowy old vestry, in Poe's Tooth Books.
Inexorably the family, the tooth, the crow, the church and their story will draw to a terrifying climax.