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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Angela (lovingly known as Angel) lost her father when she was only a year old. Her mother, Margret, never made peace with his untimely demise. She was keen on contacting his soul; however, instead of her husband, unbeknownst to her, she invited something sinister into her house. Unaware of Margret's attempts at witchcraft, Angel and her grandmother could not comprehend Margret's violent mood swings. In those moments, Margret would thrash Angel and then beat her some more if Angel's blood spilled on the floor. Seven-year-old Angel, who only wished for her mother's love, lived in constant fear due to these beatings. Her sole protector was her grandmother, and even she could not be with her 24/7. Guarding Angel by Darlene A. Williams warns against the unsupervised practice of witchcraft in an engaging story.
Angel's fear of her mother was contagious. Just one scene of Angel's horrific beating instilled Margret's terror deep in my heart. Margret is an unpredictable character whose mood changes in a blink. There was one scene where she treated her daughter like an animal, which left me feeling resentful toward her. Yet, the horror of a supernatural/paranormal presence did not grip me until the very last few chapters. That worked very well for me. Angel's grandmother (Margret's mom) played a very significant role in planting the seed of faith in her heart. Darlene A. Williams managed to develop sympathy for Angel by conveying her innocent dreams, hopes, and craving for her mother's love. Faith in God is another hard-to-miss element of Guarding Angel. A mild horror story gradually transformed into scenes that produced goosebumps. Marget's violence created a darkness that dominated the overall tone of the book. Guarding Angel by Darlene A. Williams is a must-read for supernatural fiction lovers.