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- Publication Date: September 15, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01255T684
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Even though Henry and Vincent are the POV characters, I continue to enjoy Jo and Lizzie as their partners-in-crime. I find myself desperately wanting to read more about these women and their friendship without the boys around to be distractingly adorable.
I’m not a horror reader because I’m a complete wuss, but Hawk always takes me right to the edge with a delicious mix of eeriness and suspense. Even the ghost story within this book takes a unique turn, as multiple characters (including the ghost) end up not being quite what you expect. Overall, this was a satisfying tale that wraps up its individual plot while bringing the romantic pairing closer together.
Not that there isn’t any character introspection going on. It’s a Jordan L. Hawk book – if each half of the main couple wasn’t struggling with doubt as to whether the other half loves him, I’d probably feel like something was missing! This time out the issue for Vincent and Henry is less whether they love each other and more whether they will continue to love each other in light of the secrets each is keeping. The secret each man is keeping is borne of embarrassment more than anything else, but those are sometimes the hardest secrets to reveal. Complicating the pair’s already poor communication skills is the fact that their secrets will also affect the women in their lives: Henry’s teenage cousin, and Vincent’s partner Lizzy (who is quickly becomes one of my favorite trans* characters in genre fiction, and I hope she’s given a larger role in succeeding books). As so often happens in real life, these relatively unimportant secrets lead to numerous misunderstandings which complicate the team’s investigation.
That investigation has multiple layers to it: a shameful town history that comes to bear on a new construction project meant to revitalize the area is layered with ghosts, magical items, secrets and betrayals. Determining the nature of the fiery spirit wreaking havoc and discovering how to stop her involves several interesting twists, and Hawk sprinkles in just enough red herrings that I was genuinely taken by surprise at least once as to what was going on.
The danger presented by the spirit is palpable from her first appearance (which reminded me quite a bit of a certain scene in Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot that scared the hell out of me when I was 13) and never lessens. There’s a particular scene in the woods after which I needed to put the book down and walk away for a few minutes. (But just a few.)
The town’s secrets, both past and present, are echoed in the book’s emotional drama. The team joins the best friend of Vincent and Lizzy’s tragically deceased mentor, and more information comes to light about Vincent and Lizzy’s childhoods. The old friend’s agenda is clear to the reader much sooner than it becomes clear to Vincent and Henry, but even here there are some delightful twists.
Everything, supernatural and emotional, comes to a head in the final pages in a really satisfying conclusion that also sets up future books in the series.
The side characters and the overall representation continue to be amazing and make me very happy.
My one qualm is sort of a superficial one, but <spoiler>I was really hoping for at least some switching this novel. Personal preference, but because Henry is the stuffy, more repressed one, he's the one I'm the most interested in seeing lose control. The sex scenes weren't bad, but I was hoping for more. There was a brief line implying that this might be because Henry wasn't ready, but as there has never been an on-screen discussion, I might have just been reading into things.</spoiler> Again, silly issue, but there is it.
Definitely plan on continuing to read the series!
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Henry, hoping for a good response from the Baltimore Psychical Society after his lecture on a scientific response to haunting, is banned from their society and completely humiliated. He's too upset and embarrassed to tell Vincent the truth at first, then they're all swept up in a haunting which involves a very strong vengeful fire spirit, and the addition of an old friend of Vincent and Lizzie's mentor, a famous medium, Sylvester Ortensi.
The spirit is very powerful, and it takes all of their skills to figure out what's going on, there are underhand dealings and, obviously, Henry's omission regarding his reception by the society comes back to bite him, but they prevail. It's very tense - I was quite worn out by the time everything was resolved!
The usual great writing, great plot - it's 2am - I just couldn't put it down!
Erwähnen muss ich unbedingt noch den mitunter trockenen Humor, der in den Dialogen mitklingt. Großartig. Ich fühle mich für wenig Geld fantastisch gut unterhalten.
Wie wäre es mit einer Fortsetzung, in der die vier es mit dem Geist zu tun bekommen, der Dunne ermorded hat???
THe story is great ^^ I think there is more action in this one (perhaps because they're not locked in a house in this one ^^)
I still love these characters ^^