- File Size: 2366 KB
- Print Length: 102 pages
- Publication Date: March 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B8HLV2K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This kind of ghost story isn’t anything new, but for a while, I thought the author totally gets it. Bailey’s feelings during her mother’s funeral and its aftermath feel real, raw even. Sure, my copy has some dodgy use of punctuation, but I can overlook that if the story grips me by the heart and doesn’t let go.
Unfortunately, things fall flat when the author lets the heroine find things out too easily – Bailey practically guesses correctly here – and the denouement feels very rushed and hence unsatisfying after all that slow, leisurely build-up.
ROSES ARE DEAD is a pretty short read, so yes, there’s nothing much else to say about it. It’s not too bad, at least until I reach the end and realize that, hey, the payoff could have been better. So much better. The whole thing feels undercooked – I can’t really recommend it for any reason other than it’s pretty cheap.
I WOULD have liked a little more build up in the romantic relationship, but it still didn't seem too inordinately fast. Also, I figured something out at about 2/3 of the way in, but it didn't decrease my enjoyment of the later "reveal". Finally, the book could use another round of editing with the biggest misstep being the absence or misplacement of quote marks around characters' speech.
Finally, even though I thought this was a wonderful tale that tied up its loose ends, I'd love to read a prequel - or even two! - that delves a little more into certain characters' relationships. I read this in only one day and wasn't quite ready to say 'goodbye' to the characters I'd come to know and care about during the course of several hours.
~~ I am voluntarily leaving this honest review in exchange for a free [.pdf] copy of this book, provided by ARC ~~
Also, I was confused at the age of the “ghost”. It was mentioned that it was a child but then some of the comments made by the characters hinted that the ghost was much older. It wasn’t enough of a discrepancy to cause me to stop reading though.
Overall, if you’re looking for a light scary story, give it read. You will be intrigued and left wondering if there could be a second book in the works.