Review ~ Drowning Rapunzel


Publication Date: Feb. 28, 2013

Purchase Links:

Amazon (paperback) * Amazon (Kindle)


Recently released from a mental institution, Beth Gregory accepts a job as a live-in secretary/PA to the reclusive painter Josh Warrington. Beth’s long red hair fascinates him from the first moment he sees her and Josh wants her to be his Rapunzel for a series of fairy tale paintings he’s working on.

Beth has two major fears: that she will be sent back to the mental hospital and the visions which landed her there in the first place will return. They do; this time giving her glimpses of murders before they happen. Beth becomes the main suspect in the murder investigation and then she has the most disturbing vision of all: she will become the next victim…

My Review

This was an unique story involving the supernatural, horror, mystery, and romance.

Beth has gone to work for the very eccentric Josh Warrington. Beth herself has a history of mental illness. Beth is seeing visions, and people are turning up dead. There are so many possibilities of who the killer may be.

I enjoyed the plot, and the fact that it wasn’t predictable. The characters were not all well-defined, but that fit with the mystery of the plot. There’s a romance in the story, but it’s not at all a typical. There were a couple heart-warming scenes, though, despite the general oddness of the characters.

The story flowed nicely and had a smooth pace. There were a couple times that things seemed a little unbelievable, though. For instance, Beth was nearly drowned in a sink in one of her visions, only to act like it was no big deal. I was also annoyed a couple times by the rudeness Beth had towards Josh at times. I would chalk up these times to her just being comfortable with him. Still, it bothered me.

Overall, I enjoyed the characters and the plot. I found myself pleading with the author to not let the murderer be Beth or Josh. I won’t give away the ending. You’ll have to read it yourself! I rate it 4 stars, and I look forward to reading more from Annette Gisby!

Warnings: some mild gore and horror
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author


Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she’d devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.

When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!)

She still lives in England with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It’s diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a way to go.

Happy Reading,



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