Wednesday, 6 May 2015

It's not the usual that has been taken here

Ruby died nearly one hundred years ago.  She saw spirits of the dead when she was alive, and now she is dead she has become a guide who helps ghosts pass on.  When ghosts start being taken by darkness instead of the light, Ruby is forced to seek help from a handsome and unwilling medium, who awakens emotions she never knew she had.

I thought the premise of this was amazing.  It was like a ghost version of the ghost whisperer.  All is going great until darkness starts taking her charges.

I fell in love with Ruby immediately and love how the author created her world.  Even though Ruby was and old soul in a young body this reader identified with her and could understand how she had kept up with modern parlance and fashion.  Oh how I would love to be able to shimmer to any location I wanted and to wear whatever I wanted just by thinking it.

The male hero was so against his ‘gift’ that it took ages for him to believe Ruby and he was so trusting in his previous partner.  You could really understand Michael’s angst and how he perceived that he could be considered crazy for seeing ghosts.  (We all know how narrow minded people can be.)  The journey Michael went through concerning his ‘gift’ was amazing and had you rooting for his acceptance.

There are other, secondary, characters that were equally well written; they had just as much character definition and development as the main characters.  I think my favourite was Jennifer who was just amazing and feisty.  Some of the ghosts weren’t too bad either.

The paranormal love story was also amazingly well done and rang true; even though it is highly unlikely to ever happen but what are dreams for if not for this right. 

Along with all this positivity, there was also a really good mystery story with twists and turns together with some really rather creepy moments.  This book had a good balance of all three elements and made for a really interesting read that hooked me immediately and kept me up until the late morning just reading and reading because I wanted to find out what happened next.

Indeed this book caught my attention from the very first word on the very first page.  This tale is really atmospheric and made it believable that the spirit and human world could or even does co-exist.  (Have you ever seen anything out of the corner of your eye yet when you turn your head there is nothing there?)

I do not normally read paranormal romance but I am so glad that I picked up this novel.  It was a wonderful read and a great escape from the real world.  I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author.

Even if this is not your normal genre please read this book you will be so pleased you did.

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

This book definitely deserves the 5 stars that I rated it on Netgalley, Amazon and Goodreads

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