- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 14 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 1, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B57LIX4
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33-year-old Aubrey Ellis is a home portrait features editor at the Surrey City Press in Surrey, Massachusetts. Basically she works with real estate agents to write pieces on homes to try to help sell them. When a new discovery uncovers a murder committed twenty years ago, she is assigned to help Levi St John, the city desk editor of the Hartford Standard Speaker, with the story because she has a lot of contacts in the community and knows the town well. The other talent she possesses is one only her grandmother, Charley, knows about. Aubrey is, in essence, a medium, and can talk with the deceased as well as receive signs from them. Aubrey keeps a box of "ghost gifts," mementos from ghosts she has spoken with in the past and they often help her recall memories. This box comes in handy throughout the book. She has tried to lead a normal life by working as a reporter but it seems as though her talents are going to be utilized in the latest development in the decades-old murder of Missy Flannigan. Aubrey and Levi spend a lot of time together and the whole time, Aubrey has to decide what to do about her disintegrating marriage to her husband Owen.
I really enjoyed the unique combination of romance, encounters with the paranormal, and solving the murder mystery. I typically avoid reading murder mysteries but this one really wasn't gory and gruesome so I was able to enjoy it. There is nothing particularly scary about it; it's more just suspenseful in the fact that the chapters end with a new piece of news that kept me turning pages. I often noticed parts of the book dragged on with so many details, only to end on a brand new piece of information that flared my excitement again. Obviously it was enough to keep me going and the book really got going at the end. I never would have imagined the ending to turn out the way it did and I like how all of the puzzle pieces came together.
I definitely recommend reading this book if you are like me and feel like reading a book that doesn't fit into one specific genre, but rather multiple genres that create a very unique and intriguing story. Just know that the story can drag on but keep reading because it continues to get better!
The story weaves past and present events together in an intricate plot that develops effectively as the narrative moves to an unexpected and dramatic culmination. Although this IS a "romance" and therefore includes the obligatory sexual encounter, it occurs late in the book, and does not in any way drive the plot. Characterization is well developed, and the descriptiveness is vivid. The psychological conflict surrounding Aubrey because of her gift is realistic and well-presented. This book definitely kept me interested and sympathetic.
The romance was more realistic, because it was not the usual (unbelievable) love at first sight. The romance evolved organically with the two protagonists first untangling from their established and messy relationships.
I preferred the Kindle edition of “Ghost Gifts” because the Audible narrator failed to give the characters distinct voices; This was especially true for female characters who all sounded breathy and occasionally breathless.
Although the Kindle version was superior, this book could have benefited from a good editor to correct writing problems and to cut some fat from the book. Other reviewers have addressed these issues far better than I could.
SPOILER: the opening flashback story (page 14) is set in Massachusetts in fall, and the protagonist finds a bouquet of small, delicate purple flowers—no name or scent mentioned. These flowers are critical to the solution of the mystery, but that the flowers are wild violets is not revealed until page 351. It’s an odd clue, because wild violets are annuals that grow in spring to early summer in New England. However, this book IS a paranormal mystery, so ghosts could probably manifest wild violets no matter the time of year.
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