Top positive review
Fascinating mixture of mystery, romance and paranormal
6 February 2016
Ghost Gifts was my Kindle First pick this month, and I am really pleased I picked it. I was drawn to this book because it was a combination of several genres - mystery, suspense, romance and paranormal, it also seemed like a fascinating twist on other books of this style. Ghost Gifts is the first book I've read by Laura Spinella and I will definitely read more from this author as I enjoyed it.
Aubrey Ellis Is a strong, fascinating and interesting leading lady, we get to see her develop from hating her gift when we meet her as a young girl, to being able to hone and use it. 33-year-old Aubrey is a home features editor at the Surrey City Press. Basically, she works with real estate agents to write pieces on homes to try to help sell them. Her life is disrupted when bones are found in a house from a 20 year old murder mystery, and she is assigned to work the case with a visiting hot shot reporter - Levi. The last thing Aubrey wants to do is work on a murder mystery. She has no choice and is assigned to help Levi St John, the city desk editor of the Hartford Standard Speaker, with the story because she has many contacts in the community and knows the people and the town well. The other talent she possesses is one few people know about, Aubrey can talk with the dead, often being a messenger for them. Not all of her encounters are pleasant as some of these ghosts take out their anger at her. Aubrey keeps a box of "ghost gifts," mementos from ghosts she has spoken with in the past and they often help her recall memories. This box comes in handy throughout the book. She has tried to lead a normal life by working as a reporter but it seems as though her talents are going to be utilised in the latest development in the 20year old murder of Missy Flannigan. Most of the book worked really well. There were parts in the beginning that were very descriptive and often you would read many pages and stillfeel you weren't getting anywhere. Overall, it was an interesting mystery, a fun romance, and the ghosts added an incredibly different flavour to the pace and intensity of the novel. It takes a clever writer to weave all the elements together. The flashbacks give a lot of character development to the dead girl, Missy, so as a reader you felt quite invested in finding her murderer. There were many twists and turns, and I'll say I definitely didn't anticipate the ending.
I definitely recommend reading this book if you feel like reading a book that doesn't fit into one specific genre, but rather multiple genres that create a very unique and intriguing story. Just know that the story can drag on but keep reading because it keeps getting better as you get to understand the characters. A solid 4.5 Stars.