Attic of the Mind by Hemmie Martin – Book Review


Synopsis: “The time is right for Lilith Fields to seek revenge. Twenty-five years have passed since the sadistic abuser tortured the patients of the psychiatric ward, and now Lilith has decided he must meet his final judgment. As her plan unfolds she discovers she is not the only one with a dark secret. Now, only time will tell if Lilith’s demons will be vanquished, and just how many people are really involved.”


One of my favorite new authors is Hemmie Martin. I have interviewed her and reviewed her first release with Winter Goose Publishing, The Divine Pumpkin. This winter I received her latest book Attic of the Mind, and had not picked it up until last month! However, the day I picked it up, I never put it down!

Why? Because Hemmie has a way of pulling you right into the story in the first 10 pages. A talent not every author has, even great books like Eat, Pray, Love, took me 50 pages to get into. not that I am comparing both books, just that once you start Attic of the Mind I guarantee you will read it in one night;  maximum 2!

What I love about Hemmie Martin books is that they have a style of their own. You can relate easily with each character, and in AOTM, there are plenty characters to love, and a couple you just love to hate, this, in fact, for me makes a great story.

I stated in my review of the Divine Pumpkin: Hemmie’s writing allows you to really picture what is going on, and with her background as a forensic nurse working with troubled youth, she is taps into the minds of her characters allowing the reader to relate in many ways.

I write:

“She (Hemmie) really brings you to the feeling and into the moment, leading the reader into the exact instant a particular event is taking place. This is quite appealing, as I felt Hemmie really wanting her reader to bridge each paragraph and sentence to keep you mindfully present.”

Brilliantly, this appeal is felt through AOTM.

“In darkness, one may find the light”

Many of us have dark secrets, and I could relate with Lilith’s quest to pursue a man who hurt, humiliated, and shamed her 25 years ago.

Lily, one of the main characters in AOTM, despite seeming frail and undernourished, she is mysterious, keeps to herself, yet has this edge to her which you often feel she may she just have so much pent-up anger, she will pounce on the first person who says the wrong word. Yet she doesn’t. She remains calm like the warrior she is thus, determined to move the mountains of her past. I loved the way Hemmie developed this particular character as if Mrs. Martin herself was one of Lily’s best friends.

Nathan: I fell in love with him immediately. He is handsome, awkward, and seems closed to the world, and, as he wanders throughout the story, you feel his regret, his yearning to make things right, and finally make amends with his past. I was cheering him on throughout the story. Will he succeed? It is up to you to find out.

Dark secrets roam in this book, and Lilith (Lily) has planned her revenge. Not only does she have something to unearth, you will eventually discover many skeletons in other characters’ closets which may surprise you. Will she forgive? Will the past turn around and hurt her again? All these questions keep your eyes scurrying with anticipation for the next chapter.

This book is beautifully written, and I love the story and how it unfolds.

I highly recommend Attic of the Mind for those who want to jump into an amazing story which leaves you wanting more.

Find Hemmie’s books by clicking on the links below:

Attic of the Mind is now Available Now On:

Paperback: Barnes & Noble and Amazon 

eBook: Nook & Kindle

The Divine Pumpkin is Available Now On:

Paperback: Barnes & Noble and Amazon 

eBook: Nook & Kindle

Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France, and currently lives in Essex with her husband, two teenage daughters, one house rabbit, and two guinea pigs.

Hemmie is currently writing her 3rd novel: In the Light of Madness

Follow Hemmie:

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  1. Thank you so much for this review. I am genuinely moved by your understanding of the characters and the story.
    You review books exceedingly well and thoughtfully.s

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