Dunny Pollock is summoned by her sister to Bayou Crow, a tiny remote town in Louisiana, to help locals find the two missing children. Dunny is extremely intelligent. She has psychic abilities due to a freak of nature. Dunny has always managed to hide a sixth finger on her left hand. She simply folds it inward under her other fingers or wears gloves.
Dunny is nicknamed the "Water Witch" because certain feelings in her sixth finger allow her to find hidden water sources. It also burns, or throbs, or aches, or twitches in some peculiar way, when danger or death is nearby.
Dunny’s sister convinces her to set out into the forbidden swamps hoping her psychic finger will locate the two missing young children — a seven year old boy and a girl who is eight. The hazardous swamps are filled with alligators, crocodiles, a variety of snakes, and other vile swamp creatures that lurk in the night.
As one might imagine, horriffic incidents happen to these two sleuths. As they draw near a plateau in their aluminum outboard, they see the naked leg of a gutted dead woman caught on a Cyprus tree root. Their outboard dies as their small craft floats toward the corpse, knocking it loose. In a panic, she attempts to start their motor. She slips, hits her forehead on the motor housing, and plunges overboard — unconscious.
Although Dunny cannot swim, she jumps into the teeming water. She must save her sister even though the bloated body of the dead woman surfaces beside her and the boat. Dunny gets a mouthful of water, some of which contains the decomposing hair of the dead woman.
Needless to say, I shall go no further in describing the horrifying events authored in Water Witch. If you are a reader who loves ghastly macabre stories where grotesque details are described in detail that will chill you to the core, read Deborah LeBlanc's latest thriller.