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There are other reviews here that say that the editing is poor in this book. I did not find that to be so. From the author's notes, it appears that he revised the book in 2010 and those comments were prior to that time so, if there were errors, they appear to have been corrected.
I received this book as a free download on Amazon. I would have cheerfully paid full price for the entertainment value.
BOBBY'S TRACE is an intense read that delves into the Catholic Church and its' teachings. Perry Chaplin's (the protagonist)lover meets an untimely death from AIDS. Perry cannot accept this, and feels his lover is with him at every minute haunting him in a way. He has grappled with his homosexuality and has been away from the Church for quite some time. Soon, his best friend at work, Mary Hughes suggests he go out and socialize, meet someone new. His boss at Gamma Rex Software Development, Mildred Wickersham suggests he go to church. She is unaware of his being Gay or having lost his lover.
Perry decides to go to his local Gay bar and there he meets a mysterious man, Marlin Fisk. A 'one-night stand' develops into something more lasting. There are, however, several obsticles standing in the way. Perry relents and goes to Church, where he enters the Confesional for the first time in a long time. The elderly Priest listens to his confession and suggests his younger, subordinate Priest could be of more help to Perry.
This novel has many twists and turns that keeps the reader in suspense and on the verge of really believing that Ghosts do indeed, exist. I don't want to give the plot away, so I will just say this is the second of Mr. Patterson's works that I have purchased and read. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommed it to anyone who is interested in love and paranormal experiences. This is a FIVE STAR novel and I am now going into NO IRISH NEED APPLY, by Edward C. Patterson.
Practically forced into a blind date by his best friend, (who claims it's time to move on just a few weeks after the funeral), Perry finds himself on a date with a great guy but completely haunted by his dearly departed, in more ways than one.
Perry & Marlin are very likable characters, although I found myself torn between wanting Perry to move on and give the guy time to grieve already! Being a short book certainly didn't take any away from the characters & their personalities, or the feelings of jealousy emanating from the Other Side.
It fell short of a 5 star review for me because the ending felt rather rushed - my only negative to the whole story. The last chapter or two certainly could have been expanded & the quick wrap-up seemed less likely than the ghostly hauntings.
But, author Edward C. Patterson has written what if those crossed over mourn the loved ones left behind in the world of the living?
Friends decide it's time for Perry to join the living instead of hurting from Bobby's death and sets him up with someone. As Perry finally goes on a 'blind date', Bobby's presence starts to be seen. Bobby's not too happy that Perry is getting back to his lifestyle and he's starting to make himself known.
Bobby's Trace or presence certainly is a force in this book. It also deals with church policy and the human heart, as well as the metaphysical aspect.
Mr. Patterson writes with fluid elegance. You can put any person in the situation Perry's in, and Bobby too, male or female, and the premise still is a strong one.
A sensitive read.
Trying to move on, Perry goes on a date. Big mistake. Now the ghost of his lost love includes Marlin Fisk in his hauntings.
Bobby's Trace is a very well-written ghost story about love lost whose touch reaches beyond the grave. His jealousy is about to explode into the real world and place Perry's existence in desperate peril!
Good job, Mr. Patterson!
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