It only takes a couple of visits to convince Dr Elizabeth Bancroft that Adam Hunter is not just having bad dreams. He's a child possessed. His father is desperate: adamant that his son's affliction is the result of a curse he incurred in the depths of the Amazon, where a badly misguided military operation ended in a terrifying and macabre encounter. There he met two women - one more bad than good, who placed the curse - and the other more good than bad, with whom any hope of saving his son resides. Mark Hunter leaves the Scottish Highlands to beg help from the mysterious woman, leaving his son in the care of Elizabeth - who is about to discover there are equally dark secrets on their own doorstep. And in her blood...
An innocent child's soul is at stake in this well-wrought war of wills and witchcraft. When nightmare-ridden 10-year-old Adam Hunter suddenly begins speaking in tongues, Dr. Elizabeth Bancroft diagnoses the voices as those of the dead. Adam's father, Mark, is not surprised. A decade earlier, on a special ops assignment in Bolivia, he ran horribly afoul of Mrs. Mallory, a sorceress who destroyed his men and cursed his progeny. With Adam's well-being now in jeopardy, Mark has no choice but to track down and destroy the elusive Mrs. Mallory a mission that compels Elizabeth to acknowledge suppressed sorcery skills handed down through her own family tree. Cottam (Dark Echo) does an excellent job of seamlessly meshing real-world and supernatural thrills, and his Mrs. Mallory is a particularly unsettling incarnation of pure evil in human form.