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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I enjoyed the characters, both main and supporting but my only criticism would be that some didn't seem fleshed out enough. We learnt plenty about Becca as the story primarily focused on her, and as such I got to the end without a good handle on Jo. Also a little more back-story on Becca's two best friends would have been nice. And though the two main characters spent a lot of time together, they didn't really discuss anything much of a personal nature, I guess we're to believe the knew enough of each others character to fall in love, without needing to know anything of substance. Culpepper seemed to find the balance between the romance and the paranormal a bit better in River Walker though.
Still the mystery and the subsequent investigation were more than enough to keep me going, the romance between Becca and Jo seemed largely a side plot and I enjoyed it as such. I prefer Fireside and River Walker, but this one is worth a read as well.
Culpepper sets her novel in a part of Seattle called Capitol Hill, which is being gentrified and in a state of decline at the same time. The tone of the story is set by the fact that much of it happens in an old house across the street from a cemetery; the house where the deaths occurred. One of the interesting aspects is that both of the main characters, rather than being afraid of the cemetery find it a place of comfort, even at night, especially near a memorial statue of a woman and child. Becca and Joanne frequently retreat there to sort out their thoughts and draw strength from the woman. The statue actually exists and is featured on the book's cover, which sets the atmosphere before the reading ever begins. It's an outstanding example of how a cover can help establish a book's theme.
Joanne Call is an intriguing character. She suffers from a personality disorder that is close to Asperger's Syndrome and that makes her almost incapable of relating to people or dealing with social situations. It does give her a laser like ability to focus on her work and to interpret facial expressions. Putting her together with Becca Healy, who is described by everyone as the most loveable person possible, would seem to be asking for trouble, but Becca has her own problems to cope with. Watching them play off of each other as Joanne provides strength and stability and Becca provides warmth is skillful character study. To keep them from becoming too intense though, Culpepper throws in occasional humor to lighten the atmosphere. These are two characters that it would be fun to follow further to see how they develop.
A Question of Ghosts is a totally enjoyable book to read. The paranormal aspects seem believable and should not bother those who are skeptics. The mystery unfolds gradually and the ultimate answer stays unknown until the last pages of the book and offers a surprise. Giving this book a high recommendation is easy.
I liked the interaction between Becca and Jo and the development of both characters. It's obvious in the 1st introduction of Jo that she does not do people or emotions well at all, but that's part of what makes her endearing. I like the fact that Becca and Jo seem to have an inherent ability to figure each other out and can interact in a manner that shows acceptance for each others' quirks.
I liked it, I liked the story, and I liked the mystery as well. It was a good book.