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Stoker Award–winning horror novelist Passarella (Wither) brings a paranormal twist to this thriller about a television reporter probing the murder of her twin. On the first anniversary of Heather's slaying, her identical twin sister, Hallie Moore, revisits the crime scene and unexpectedly taps into her sister's final memories, seeing the attack through Heather's eyes. Hallie becomes more than haunted by Heather's spirit, recalling their childhood talent for communicating telepathically. Driven to solve the slaying, Hallie pursues several angles, including ghost research and hypnosis, while spiraling ever closer to danger, in the process neglecting her job and distressing Heather's surviving husband and son. A meticulous researcher, Passarella deftly interweaves Hallie's crisis of identity with her investigation. The early revelation of the killer's identity (from his viewpoint) can frustrate, as the reader watches Hallie make obvious mistakes despite all her unearthly assistance. Still, Passarella offers enough tension and fresh twists to make this a strong entry in the evolving field of cross-genre suspense. (June)
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About the Author

John Passarella currently resides in Swedesboro, New Jersey, with his wife and three young children. His co-authored first novel, Wither, published under the pseudonym J. G. Passarella, was a Bram Stoker Award-winner and is available from Pocket Books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743484800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743484800
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.1 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,327,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best book I've read in a long time. Passarella sure knows how to keep us on the edge of our seats throughout the stories he spins, and we, his readers, love him for it. The connection between Hallie and Heather both before and after Heather's death was touching. This book has some really awesome twists that you just don't quite see coming. You may think you have it all figured out, but he throws a few loops at you! And not since Aycliffe's Naomi's Room have I been so moved by a 'ghost story'! 5 Stars all the way!
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Heather and Hallie Moore were identical twins. As children the two were so closely connected that they could actually speak directly into each other's mind. That ended at the age of ten. Heather fell from a tall tree and was in a coma for a week. Things were never the same again.

The girls grow up into adulthood. Hallie becomes a reporter for NBN-7 News in Pennsylvania. Her segment is called "Hallie's Comet". She gives out awards for "the best" in businesses.

Heather gets married to Tom Galloway and has a son, Shane. She even has a home business involving homemade gift baskets. However, she only gets to see her son reach the age of five. Heather is violently murdered on a roadside one night while driving home from her yoga class.

On the first anniversary of Heather's death, Hallie goes to the site of her sister's murder. A small white cross marks the spot. The instant she touches the cross, Hallie is mentally bombarded with visions of Heather's last moments. Upon awakening, Hallie finds her sister's golden locket. The locket had disappeared the night Heather died; which means the killer had come back to the scene recently. Feeling her sister is with her some how, Hallie begins looking into Heather's last days. Hallie has been close to Tom and Shane, seeing them almost daily. Therefore, it is not difficult for Hallie to talk Tom into letting her go through Heather's home office. Odd things begin happening to Hallie, especially in her own apartment. Visions, all the electrical appliances go wild, floating objects ... and that is only the beginning. Hallie better work quickly, because Heather's murderer is getting prepared to kill again.

***** I could not decide if this should be labeled as "Horror" or "Paranormal Thriller".
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John Passarella is back again weaving a fine paranormal thriller for the reader to unwind. I have read his Wither Trilogy and have been a horror fan for a long time. So I was intrigued when I found out that he was striking out on a new path with "Kindred Spirit". As to be expected he is back at top form with his character development and his ability to weave the reader right into the story.

Hallie and Heather have always been close being that they were identical twins. They were so close that they knew what the other was thinking but Heather's childhood accident changed their relationship and it took one year to the day of the seemingly senseless murder of Heather to reestablish that bond between them. While visiting Heather's road side memorial, Hallie senses Heather and relives her murder and this experience has changed Hallie. Struggling with her sister's murder being unsolved she works to make sense of the facts of her case and the weird things that have started to happen around her.

Can Hallie use her abilities as a news reporter at NBN-7 to help her solve her sister's murder and bring closure to herself and those Heather left behind? The line between Hallie and Heather blurs and Hallie must redefine her identity and recognize what is most important to her.

"Kindred Spirit" is chock full of creepy moments and will have you jumping at the slightest sound as you enjoy the way this thriller plays out.
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"Kindred Spirit" is John Passarella's latest novel, and his first truly solo work; his Wendy Ward series ("Wither", "Wither's Rain", "Wither's Legacy") started off as a collaboration and his Buffyverse work is, of course, based on the characters created for the TV series. Perhaps one shouldn't be surprised that this is a slight departure from his norm, given the situation. "Kindred Spirit" still easily falls into the horror genre, with scenes not written for the faint of heart and the connection to the dark unknown, which lies at the heart of so many of our fears. And John certainly doesn't pull punches, or take the easy way out of a plot tangle; in fact, the points at which he didn't take the obvious and safe path are what make the plot fresh and interesting. "Kindred Spirit" is, at its heart, a mystery, and a tale of a young woman putting the past (and a few restless spirits) to rest while she comes out of her shell of shyness to find her place in the world. Other reviewers will undoubtedly recount the plot scene by scene, so I will be content to say that "Kindred Spirit" is a good read, well worth the time spent, and will leave you wondering how long you will have to wait for the sequel to continue the story.

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Bram Stoker award winning author John Passarella weaves a tale of twins, Hallie and Heather Moore, in Kindred Spirit. Heather is a successful television reporter, who, a year after Heather's brutal murder, revisits the scene of her murder, and is haunted by visions of the event, from the perspective of Heather! Uneasy about the situation Hallie begins her own investigation. Is her sister calling out to her from beyond the grave? Is her spirit not at rest?

John Passarella, author of the successful Wither trilogy, weaves a tale of suspense that keeps you riveted to the end. Rarely do I encounter a book that I can't put down, but I'm happy to say that this is one of those books. You can't help but feel for the sisters as the story unfolds, they become more than characters in a story; you can feel them breathe as if they were in the room with you.

I couldn't recommend this book more for those fans of well written suspense, and horror. John Passarella delivers on all fronts. His Wither trilogy was a well written series of books, and with Kindred Spirit he has taken the next step. His writing is haunting, and yet comforting as the story unfolds. John Passarella is a talent that you shouldn't miss!
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