Book Review: The Anchor is Key by Linda Anthony Hill

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I belong to a cozy mystery group which offered me the opportunity to read a copy of this book. Since I review all books I read, today’s latest review is for The Anchor is the Key by Linda Anthony Hill. The author is new to me, but she’s written several other books before publishing this one in 2017. It might be part of a new series, but so far this is the only one. I would be interested in reading more in the future.


In this book, we spend a few weeks with Celeste, a psychic, whose business is suddenly beginning to expand with an influx of clients. She’s meeting spirits with trouble passing over to the next world and learning someone was either murdered or forced to commit suicide. As Celeste tries to clear a business and warehouse from both evil and good ghosts, she finds herself falling for a few new guys and meeting religious people who question what she’s doing. Little does she know, someone is orchestrating a lot more of her life from a hidden position. It’s curious why she can’t figure it out on her own, but we soon learn what’s been blocking her.

At first, I was concerned about the book. It was very simple and meandered all over the place. By about 20%, it started to gel… this is the life of a psychic. It’s how we should read and understand the book. I then began to really like the format and approach. There are a few areas that were too open-ended, and the book ended with a lot of questions and areas where we are left to wonder what actually happened. If there’s an upcoming sequel, I’m good with the way this one ended. If this is the end, I’m a little unsure why it didn’t wrap things up in a better manner. It felt rushed otherwise and somewhat incomplete.

That said, I came to like the author’s style and find myself on the edge of the couch wondering what each new spirit could contribute to the on-going mystery. I like the author’s setting and Celeste is quite a character. She’s too direct to be someone I’d like in real life, but as a primary character, I enjoyed her ability to get things accomplished.

I’m curious to see where this one goes. I’d give it 3.5 stars… possibly more depending on what happens in the next book, e.g. if it becomes a series with more answered questions. Kudos to the author for creating a very interesting narrative and cast of characters.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Anchor is Key by Linda Anthony Hill

    Beware Of The Reader said:
    September 7, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    I admire that you are reading so many different books Jay! Happy to see you “started to gel ” LOL And let’s hope a second book with answers is to come 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 7, 2018 at 2:41 PM

      Ha! Thank you. It was so odd… in the last two chapters, we learn what really happened, but then a more senior person comes in and basically says “don’t believe any of that, there’s someone else involved and it’s X.” I figured we’d learn why and how, but then it ends. So I can’t decide… was it to lure us back, or just to basically confuse us?

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        Beware Of The Reader said:
        September 8, 2018 at 11:36 AM

        Hahaha writers can be sadists Jay 😉 I would go with confuse you!

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    Martie said:
    September 8, 2018 at 12:46 AM

    I admire your commitment in finding the author’s style, that’s not easy in a book like this one. I probably would have given up.

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    carhicks said:
    September 8, 2018 at 10:12 PM

    This one sounds a bit different. I like the way you put it, ” meandered all over the place. By about 20%, it started to gel… this is the life of a psychic. It’s how we should read and understand the book.”

    I never real thought about it. When the character is all over the place, then that is the way the reader should get to know the book and characters.

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