I see potential but stories will need to be far better than this to sustain a series. I truly enjoy other books by this author but for some reason this didn't grab my interest initially. The second time I picked it up I got further and found myself starting to enjoy the story when it abruptly ended. The murderer comes after the protagonist even though there's absolutely no reason to do so and ta da, mystery solved, book ends. Turns out, solving the mystery ruins it - the murderer really doesn't have a motive and it's a disappointment all around. While I agree with other reviewers that there's a shocking lack of ghostly interactions for a supposed ghost story, what I found unfortunate was the complete nonchalance with which Everly accepted seeing a ghost - no questions as to why or how she was seeing the ghost, could she see others, etc. Also, considering her connection to the ghost, I expected some witty, snarky banter but it was all just so blah. Normally, in this type of a story, the "ghost world" and it's rules, etc., would have been more fully developed & explained which is always an interesting part of the plot.
I liked many of the characters - the best friend more than Everly though, who comes across as spoiled, childish and self centered with moments of empathy and kindness. I'm not looking for saccharin, just a character I can respect.
Fingers crossed that book #2 is better.
- Paperback: 157 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (22 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1095592076
- ISBN-13: 978-1095592076
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 263 g
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