Book Review: The Oracle – Michael H. Sedge

Release Date: 12th March 2014
Publisher: The Sedge Group LLC
Pages: 174.
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


A dark and interesting tale about the mysticism of Greek mythology.

David Jeffreys is a best selling American author, he moves to Naples with his wife and daughter in order to serve out his retirement in peace. But his wife harbours a deep resentment towards him, feeling abandoned as he focuses on his writing and his daughter. She begins a series of affairs, and when Jeffreys finds out, the night spirals out of control, resulting in the murder of Jeffreys and his daughter. Several years later David’s brother Jake and his family decide to take a vacation in Naples, visiting Jennifer, the widow of his dead brother. The vacation starts out glorious, but things in the house begin to make the guests feel uneasy, and Jennifer is acting very strange, what exactly happened the night of David’s death?

I love Greek mythology and the opening prologue about the oracle dwelling in a deep cave was very enticing. The first few chapters too when there are hints of mythology and magical goings on, but then it turns towards a crime thriller, the messy death of the family and the subsequent reveal of the truth many years later. It kind of felt like the prologue didn’t fit with the rest of the story, and the mythology aspect did not seem as integrated as I had anticipated it to be.

Despite this, it’s still an interesting story. The reveal at the end of the story is a fairly unsurprising one, you can guess early on what’s going to happen, but it’s well written and still enjoyable to read. In terms of plot, it kept me interesting without seeming boring and it wasn’t too fast paced either.

One thing I really did enjoy was the setting, it was very well described and it really felt like the author knew Italy well, I could easily imagine the places he was describing. If you regard the book purely as a mystery thriller – disregarding the earlier chapters, it makes for an exciting mystery thriller, but it wasn’t particularly what I was expecting. I am on the fence about the book in general as the story itself is a pretty interesting one but the integration of the mythology was a big issue for me. I kept waiting for some sort of link to tie everything together, but that didn’t appear.

I liked the characters well enough, it was easy to follow. I particularly liked Jake’s connection to archaeology, and I expected a lot more to come from that, rather than just background information. It makes for an all round enjoyable but average read, but if you enjoy mystery thrillers the book is self-published and is available on Net-Galley for free, happy reading!

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Oracle – Michael H. Sedge

  • Peter

    Hi again, it’s Peter from Youth Culture Denmark on Instagram 🙂

    First review I read on the blog. I like it a lot, it’s short and precise and you use a beautiful English with many elegant words (pardon for my Danish English, still learning), and it’s just more fun to read a well written review, not just written in a simple speaking-English (you know what I mean, I hope), but in beautiful sentences, like an author would have done it. The synopsis in general is really, really good.

    This book wasn’t really me, but I liked the review and read it to end, because it wasn’t too long (a lot of reviews are, and the you just skim-read or click away).

    That was a lot of feedback, Sorry can’t help it. I’m the editor at our site, and every day I try to help the youth writers to get better. We have reviewed Danish books for 5 years, but we have just changed to our new English site, because there wasn’t enough books in Danish, so we’re quite new to the English part. But yeah, I’m always looking for blogs and booktubes to see what works really well, and I think this review really do.
    Sorry, that wasn’t an ad for us. I just felt I needed to explain, why I give such different and peculiar comments than normal blog readers 😉

    Best wishes Peter

    • thebibliophilechronicles1

      Feedback is always great, I always like to know if there’s anything I can do to improve. I had a look at your website, it’s lovely! I love the design, it’s very easy to use and there’s lots of different features, I was really intrigued by the review of Legend by Marie Lu, definitely adding that one to be to be read list! The Oracle definitely isn’t for everyone, but I thank you for reading it to the end even though it wasn’t your cup of tea!