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Cemetery Tours Paperback – September 17, 2013
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About the Author
Jacqueline E. Smith makes her writing debut with Cemetery Tours. A longtime lover of words, stories, and characters, Jacqueline earned her Master's Degree in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2012. She lives and writes in Dallas, Texas, but is not-so-secretly hoping for her own private lake house.
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This is one of those books that pulls you into the story and the characters become real, they become your friends. The plot is fresh and original, and the writing is witty. So what are you waiting for? Seriously people, you should buy this book. It's FANTASTIC!!!!! :)
How do you answer that question? What does happen to a person who has died?
We don't hesitate, either, to personalize our thoughts on this subject. What's going to happen to me? To Mom? Dad? Siblings? Relatives? To all people we love? Also, those we downright dislike or maybe hate with a passion?
I am skeptical of the idea some portion of who we are as a life form has any type of further presence in the beyond except for the collapsed organic remains of the shell a person inhabited.
On the other hand, I am also skeptical of any dismissal of the possibility the essence of who we are doesn't find a shape of some kind after our bodies cease to function.
A strong posture to one side or the other is the best I'll accept.
Personally, for all I am worth, I hope for a chance to hug or interact in any way with my grandmothers again after I die.
Ms. Smith works a connection with the grandmother of Michael, one of the two main characters, along with Kate, into the telling of the story -Cemetery Tours-.
I knew one of my grandmothers very well. The other I know of only through sparse memories and retellings of events I didn't witness.
How wonderful would it be to find there is contact of some type with those we've known after our own lives end? Although afterlife as a specific place we travel to is not at the forefront in the text, the suggestion hangs on the events of -Cemetery Tours- that something is, indeed, beyond. For both of them, I hope that's so.
The framework, the soul, of -Cemetery Tours- is built upon the stories of two young adults. One is named Michael Sinclair who is a librarian in possession of a unique ability he has been trying to hide for most of his life. The other is Kate Avery. She is an interior decorator who can't remember the names of colors, a product of a car accident she was recently involved in which almost took her life. They first meet while Kate and her energy drink consuming brother, Gavin, who suffers from anemia of a certain sort, are moving into the apartment next to Michael's.
As a story catalyst, Ms. Smith positions the emotion of love as machinery of causes and effects. Yes, Michael and Kate are interested in each other but their relationship serves more as story glue than discovered blueprint.
There's a secret involved that provides torque in Kate's family structure which Michael can help, if he chooses to, reveal and alter. Inside the plot sub stories Michael's dislike and distrust for his own ability provides combustive material. Ms. Smith does a good job of cloaking the decisions Michael is forced to make by dropping matches into that fuel in the right spots, allowing them to burn and provide light. This especially works well after the background of the characters and situations have been advanced far enough for the story to start to reach it's higher ground midway through to the end.
One last living character needs mentioning. His name is Luke Rainer. Luke shows up a third of the way through as the handsome, charismatic, determined main investigator of the paranormal for a Discovery Channel television show named -Cemetery Tours-. Michael knows Luke but is in no way fond of him. Kate is a huge Luke Rainer fan and watches his show religiously. Luke perceives Michael's interest in Kate and takes advantage of it. Who Luke Rainer appears to be as he enters and continues through the story isn't exactly who he turns out to be at the end. His transformation was a well rendered surprise.
Readers will find the make up of the -Cemetery Tours- ghosts believable. I don't want to say much about them here because that might lessen their impact for those who may read the many positive reviews of -Cemetery Tours- and decide to try it out. I will say there are many of them involved, though, and that their positions in and out of the book's perceived air strengthens the textures of the main question I stated at the beginning which I felt the writing of this book was centered on.
Finally, I'm no stellar observer of the book world and I can't say I know much about what the quality level is for an author's first work to be published. However, I can say I do think that for a young person Jacqueline Smith has put together a strong story. I can also claim I think if you are at all interested in reading -Cemetery Tours- you will not be disappointed to have paid for and spent the time to read it.
-Cemetery Tours- starts with a strong base of energy which later serves as the support for the vigorous twists and turns the writer skillfully provides to pull the reader along toward the ending.
Intriguing storyline that keeps the reader's interest. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking dialogue.
No desire to re-read this story. I am interested in other works by this author if they are complete stories.
It is a fun read, and I found myself unwilling to go to sleep until it was finished. There is description without slowing the intrigue. There is adventure without losing description. There is mystery without being mundane. You follow the story as it builds to its climax, and then, when you think it has been solved, a second one leaps from the darkness.
If you enjoy ghost stories, adventure, and mystery this book is a must!