Book Review: Deborah LeBlanc’s Family Inheritance

Posted January 10, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Deborah LeBlanc’s Family Inheritance

Family Inheritance


Deborah LeBlanc

suspense that was published by Leisure Books on August 1, 2004 and has 358 pages.

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A standalone story of horrific suspense set in the bayous of Louisiana.

My Take

I almost couldn’t continue reading this story because of that damned sparrow! LeBlanc did an amazing job of forcing me to race through the pages. I just had to know what would happen to Eli, if Jess would save her brother, if she could figure out what was torturing her, could Maikana be defeated…argh, too many things happening for which I needed a conclusion!

It’s a simple story but one fraught with so many possible endings and then that tease at the end…I think my heart’s about to slow down now. Nice job of weaving all those powers into a single story.

I do hope LeBlanc is at least thinking about a series…

The Story

It’s a pretty fateful dare. Understandable in the days before ultrasound, but damaging to Roberta’s unborn daughter and a lifetime of torment for Eli. A torment that reaches its ultimate when Eli cures yet another man of the demons he suffers and is himself almost overcome.

Johanson has been biding his time. Waiting for the day the true rasaunt must be reunited; both halves made into one. Now Eli must go out into the real world and find Jessica before Maikana can destroy either one alone.

Or kill Jess’s brother.

The Characters

Roberta is the conveyance for Jess to arrive in the world. A true rasaunt but in no way whole. Sharon is the best friend who accompanies her on her trek into the bayou. Just as, years later, Sharon’s daughter Lisa accompanies Jessica LeJeune on her trek to rescue her mad brother Todd from the Municipal insane asylum. Frank is Jess’ husband; Jake is her son with a suspicion as to her abilities.

Samuel Johanson is the gris-gris man; the only one who understands what happened that fateful day in the bayou. He must help Eli survive and find his other half before the demon Maikana wins. Eli was a sweet boy with some power the day he encountered a pregnant Roberta. He grew up to become a tortured rasaunt.

The Cover and Title.

The cover is scary with its primarily red background and the details picked out in black: a bayou with steam rising up off the water, moss dangling from the trees surrounding the old ruin of a shack.

The title says it all because it is a Family Inheritance — and not much of a gift at all! Not to those in the family.