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Very original and the characters seemed so real
A really good mystery story that features a ghost. What more could you want!!
A good, worth reading ghost story.
Reviewed by Laura
***This book was given free for an honest review***
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My emotions concerning this book are all over the board. There were times it read like a 5 star book that you just can't put down while other parts didn't hold my attention as well, sort of like a 3 star book would do. Overall, I enjoyed it, so the 4 star rating seems appropriate.
Some parts of the book could have used a little more polish, while other parts were pure awesomeness. There would be a scene that captured my imagination, the details vivid, but followed by a page or two of conversation or internal monologue that just didn't do it for me. However, to the author's credit, he always brought me back, each chapter (just about) ending on a cliffhanger and usually a good one that made me say "oh wow" out loud.
In addition to some of the conversations not capturing my attention, I didn't particularly like the format used. There would be an entire page of dialog with no other descriptions, of either the dialog or anything else. The technique is used for rapid conversation, but I personally find it slightly annoying. Half way through I'd lose track of who was talking, having to go back and retrace the conversation. Occasionally identifying the speaker would have helped, not to mention streamlining some of the banter.
One thing I think the author did extremely well was simile and metaphor, particularly simile. As mentioned already, not only would there be a scene that captured my attention, the details would be assisted by a well placed simile. For example, take the following quote.
"[...]her gaze drifted up to the ceiling as if there was weight attached to the back of her head."
Or, how about this one?
"Buried alive and I had just come to terms with the uselessness of beating on the coffin." (figurative, not really buried)
Those and many more like them made the story fun to read, because not only was the plot interesting, these additions made it come alive.
Review Disclaimer: I picked up the book for free on Amazon. The author did not request a review.
The book really takes off when he fails to report an accident to someone who calls and asks if the roads are clear. Greg forgets that there is a stalled car on the highway, and the semi slams into it, killing the driver. The driver comes back to haunt Greg, stating he has 7 days to solve his unfinished business or he will die. At first I thought about the movie, The Ring, and how it is a somewhat similar premise. But it is mentioned in the book! Sylvia, his therapist compares his issue to the movie.
There are several twists that caught me off guard. There are some spoilers, so don't read ahead if you don't want to know ----
Sylvia's real job was unexpected. The fact that she turns out to be a massage therapist instead really made the story come full circle. Also, Draven! I was shocked to learn his "role" in the story since he started out to be likable. I guess that's how most psychopaths are described though.
I like the way this story ended. I'm glad that Greg got over his anxiety, came out of his shell, and his life got much better. Him and Sylvia staying together is great, and though most of the book is dark and spooky, at least it ended with him making good of his life and helping stop child prostitution. Great book - I recommend it.
Eric Thomas is a talented writer with a unique ability to create true to life characters. The unexpected twists had me turning the pages into the AM hours.
The strength is its originality. Unlike most (yawn, yawn) ghost stories involving haunted houses (are there any other kind) or graveyard, here we have two strangers caught up in an horrific tragedy within a tragedy. Not only that, our 'hero' is an unusual kind of guy and Eric Thomas clearly relished discussing his many foibles and weaknesses.
The weakness is in the cross-over genre. Switching from drama to ghost story to crime and back again creates a challenge which even an experienced author would struggle with. This meant that the resident bad guy and his crime (trying hard not to spoil things here) were left relatively undeveloped - and that was a great pity. I really wanted to despise this person and yet I had little time to develop much more than a mild disliking.
My other snag was about the ghost himself. I felt the gore element would have been better understated rather than overstated as it was. The main point of the message was 'urgency' - galvanising our hero into finding some pluck from among his stockpile of self-pity/loathing. I think the book would have been stronger for sticking to this thread rather than needlessly vying with itself to create ever more shocking images of a decaying body.
Don't get me wrong, DRT is definitely well-written and competent. It's also a refreshing change from many of its peers.