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The underline story is a good one. A man loses his love and struggles with moving on and whether he was right in doing so. But the author could not leave well enough alone! Nope. He decided to add the supernatural. Not only did it read fake and out of context, but it wasn't even well explored. All of a sudden it's thrown at you and none of the characters react to it, unless you call crying for two minutes a reaction. I love reading about the supernatural but everything has its place. AND THIS WAS NOT IT! Not even the priest in the story was overly concerned with lights flickering on and off and the temperature dipping more than 20 degrees in less than a minute. There was just no tie-in between the two stories.
But let's move on and talk about grammar and spelling. Now I am not naive. Spelling issues appear in every book as no one can catch everything. But seriously, the errors that appear in this book a second grader can identify! This is an example of an author who would prefer to say he has self-published many books rather that say he has self published 2 or 3 excellent ones. He is the reason indie authors can't get respect.
Grieving while being haunted by your dead lover... who won't let you get laid, or even date... well that's just no fun.
Bobby's Trace is a hauntingly beautiful exposition of one man's failing sanity in the face of prolonged grief. Touching and terribly heart wrenching.
Added to the mix is a mysterious ghostly twist... I don't want to give the plot away... making this trip through pain a psychologically straining thriller that M Night Shyamalan would be proud of.
Re-read it twice to more fully appreciate the subtleties.
Perry is emotionally distraught over the passing of his beloved Bobby. Bobby is still 'present' and is reaching out to communicate with Perry. Perry makes an attempt to get on with his life and goes on his first date since the funeral. Bobby tags along...and there is no putting this book down until the last page is reached.
Patterson has a way of including the reader in every thought, emotion and experience the characters have. At times it was hard to determine which emotion had priority, laugh hysterically or cry uncontrollably. When I finished the book, I was tempted to re-read it just to experience it all over again. This was a great book, a joy to read, and one I'll want to visit again.
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.
The fast-paced and unique storyline of "Bobby's Trace" held my interest right from its angst-ridden opening chapter until the fascinating conclusion. There were so many plot twists in this book, which thankfully weren't telegraphed miles in advance. On the contrary, when the curve-balls revealed themselves they came as a real punch to the gut!
The story is told from the points-of-view of three characters: Perry Chaplin, Father Paul (a Catholic priest), and the elusive Marlin Fisk. Although the titular Bobby is supposedly dead, his presence is felt in more ways than one!
"Bobby's Trace" is a combination of ghost-story, love-story and mystery novel, held together with the author's trademark black humour. At times bizarre and terrifying yet also beautifully uplifting, Edward C Patterson has crafted a literary jewel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bloody brilliant book. A bit of a slow start but then it picks up and moves right along. I really appreciated that the language and dialogue wasn't dumbed down for the barely... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
IF you don't believe in Ghosts and have never read a 'Ghost Story' - then you definitely NEED to READ this masterpiece of a Ghost Story written by the prolific Author, EDWARD C. Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by Michael Phelps
Sorry, but I can't agree with most of the reviews of this book. I thought it was just okay. And I wasn't surprised by the ending at all. Don't get me wrong, though. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by RA
Plot/Storyline: 4.5 Stars
The story was awesome. The twist ending made for a gripping finale that made you want to flip back and reread passages. Read more
A beautifully drawn exploration of a young man's grief at the loss of his partner and his eventual resumption of life. Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by Sandy Nathan
Bobby's Trace is an enjoyable, fairly short story about Perry - a programmer who recently lost his partner & is struggling deeply with grief. Read morePublished on June 22, 2009 by Danielle F
Perry Chaplin is in mourning and has been for a long time. He can't seem to get it together after his life partner, Bobby, passed on. Read morePublished on May 1, 2009 by Lila L. Pinord
After losing his life partner to AIDS, Perry Chaplin struggles to move on. Work provides little solace; hiding his lifestyle from his unsupportive boss had always been stressful... Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by Todd A Fonseca
Perry Chaplin is a programmer who is having a hard time. His life partner, Bobby, has passed from AIDS, as anyone who loved someone who's passed, it hurts the living to see them... Read morePublished on December 6, 2008 by ellen
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