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Trish J. MacGregor

Trish J. MacGregor was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where she attended both local and American schools. She and her husband, novelist Rob MacGregor, have been married over 25 years and have a 20-year-old daughter in college. They enjoy traveling to South America whenever they can. See her travel photos and learn about the novels she writes under different names at Trish J. MacGregor’s website.
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Esperanza: Lots to like, but ultimately disappointing

Esperanza by Trish J. MacGregor

Esperanza is a supernatural adventure novel set in Ecuador. It has a lot to recommend it, even though I was ultimately disappointed.

Some of the problems have to do with marketing. Esperanza is blurbed as a “supernatural thriller.” The book is tense and suspenseful, but I was never scared by it. Also, it is clearly book one of a series, but the blurb does not make that clear. As it is, Esperanza doesn’t end, it just stops, which added to my frustration.

There’s a lot to like about Esperanza, like exciting action sequences and chase scenes. MacGregor plays with some interesting ideas about the afterlife and time-travel, including a riff on the Tibetan Buddhist concept of bardo states. Main character Tess, an FBI agent, has a Shirley MacLaine-style old-hippie mom and a bright,... Read More