Fiction - Supernatural
318 Pages
Reviewed on 07/23/2016
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Author Biography

Marisa Mohdi loves storytelling and writes fiction for herself and readers who like losing themselves in magical worlds, exciting adventures and spooky situations. A proud Malaysian, Marisa tries to include fascinating stories that she picks up while traveling the world and also elements from Malaysian culture and Psychology in her writing.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Shroud by Marisa Mohdi is divided into two parts. Part 1, The Disappearance of John Sable, starts with a private journal entry by Emily, John’s sister, who presents readers with a collection of letters between her and her brother before he suddenly went missing from the Greenleaf Tea Plantation in Nusantara, Southeast Asia. The authorities had closed the investigation into his disappearance as they believe it wasn’t foul play, and that John had planned to start afresh somewhere after he lost his wife, Marie, and their baby, Katherine, during childbirth. Of course, Emily believes otherwise.

Part 1 definitely sets up the mysterious tone of the story and I was intrigued right away. Using Emily and her daughter’s journal entries, as well as the letters between her and John, to tell part of the story is creative. It certainly makes the storytelling more intimate. In Part 2, The Maiden, decades after John’s disappearance, 15-year-old Gemma Guthrie and her Uncle Norm are on a research expedition in Nusantara, but soon find themselves trapped and pursued by supernatural beings in the jungle. Here readers will find out more about John Sable’s strange legacy.

There were some slow parts in both Part 1 and 2 for me, but they were merely trivial and didn’t disrupt my reading. Mohdi’s tale of an otherworldly realm in the jungle and its strange, dangerous inhabitants is engaging. This is definitely not just YA fiction - mature readers would find it an enjoyable read as well. The essence of Southeast Asia folklore is well-executed. On the whole, Shroud is a solid supernatural story.