It was anything but…… Harmless ~ Review and Giveaway

Posted: July 10, 2017 in giveaways, Paranormal or fantasy, reviews, thriller
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by Katherine Dell
Genre: Paranormal Thriller


My Review

As much a sprititual journey as a thriller, Harmless intrigued me. A family tragedy sent Rachel spiraling out of control. She hopes the move to Hazelton will help her find closure and maybe find herself again.

When an innocent game between Rachel and her new friends releases a Wendigo, what they thought was a genie in a bottle turns out to be a dangerous path as they make their wishes to the mythical being.

I thought this was going to be a horror story. Mind you, it does kind of go there, but the psychological aspect makes it more of a thriller. Strange animal deaths and sightings build a disquieting atmosphere and the author’s twist on the Wendigo spirit kept the story moving forward and made this a much deeper read than I expected.

According to the legend, a price must be paid to rid the town of the Wendigo. A huge one. Wondering who would pay that price added to the  suspense and made the ending, though a cliff hanger, a fun surprise.

4 Stars



Be careful what you wish for.

After moving from Vancouver to isolated Hazelton, BC, high school senior Rachel Barnes hopes she’ll finally find closure and a sense of direction after tragedy has torn her family apart. When she and her friends discover the old spirit box her grandmother gave her, they see it as a chance to wish their troubles away. But the Great Spirits—deer, crow, bear, and the mythical wendigo—give away nothing for free.

So instead of worrying about fitting in and finding a boyfriend, Rachel finds herself in a race to control the malevolent spirit who’s taken up residence in Mason Allen, who she fears and craves in equal measure. What began as a harmless game forces Rachel to confront her past—and offers her a future she never imagined.

Step into a reality that is not as it seems in Book 1 of the Harmless series.

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About the Author

Katherine Dell is a young adult fiction author fascinated by the supernatural and the stories that surround them. She began her writing endeavours in 2011 when she wanted to reinvent herself from her previous career as an event planner. When she’s not writing, she can be found in cold hockey arenas sipping coffee, working on her tan at little league games, or trying to keep her dog out of her many gardens. She lives with her husband, two boys, and fur babies, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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  1. Hi Laura,

    Sorry if I posted twice – my computer lost connection… This sounds like a terrific read!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      No worries, but I don’t see a duplicate comment:) I went into this book expecting something and got something else. It was in a good way though!

  2. Thhe cover of this book is perfection. :)

  3. Sounds interesting and that cover is well…interesting…lol.

  4. That cover kind of freaks me out. I have to admit it sounds interesting, but I don’t do animal danger all that well so not sure. Glad you seems to enjoy it though.

  5. Love that creepy cover.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. Sally Hill says:

    I love the wendigo legend!!! This is definitely on my to read list!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      This is a whole new twist on the wendigo. I’m hoping the next book delves into it more deeply.