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I didn't consider this a ghost story, but rather a love story with a ghost as one character. It was a fast, enjoyable read.
(I was a beta reader for this book, and it was so good I just bought so that I would have it in my permanent collection. It is definitely a keeper!)
Matthew, the protagonist, along with his girlfriend, Carrie are the typical couple in today's world. Both are likable, but flawed in many ways. They love each other, yet are not ready to completely commit to one another. There are family issues as well. Matthew's mother lives nearby and Matthew can't seem to let go of the anger he still has for his absent father, decades after his father abandoned the family.
Enter Janie, the ghost that Matthew sees while walking over the London Bridge (which was taken from London and brought over to Lake Havasu, Arizona as a tourist attraction). Matthew develops a strong friendship with Janie and is eager to learn and understand how she died and why her spirit is still attached to the bridge.
As the story progresses, Matthew's anger and commitment issues are brought to the surface. Carrie is unsure that they should remain together and Janie is moving on to another realm. Matthew is profoundly affected by the loss of both of these women.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It flowed well, the characters were believable and it kept me interested to the very end. A sequel would be a nice addition to this ...
This is the first book I have read by this author and will most certainly read more.
I liked how Ms. Bowersock explored Matthew's selfish, self-centered tendencies and then allowed us to see enough of his childhood to understand why he was this way. He was a nice enough guy who didn't realize how anti-social he had become until he is faced with losing the woman that he loves. I had a hard time liking or sympathizing with his character.
Janie, our ghost, was an interesting character who has a spiritual aspect without bringing in religious views. Janie seems to be the only one who can get Matthew to consider breaking down the walls to allow introspection of his life. I felt more empathy for her than I did Matthew. The fact that I felt more empathy for all of the female characters than any of the male characters probably says more about me than the book itself.
Every character was well developed and the story is told through Matthew's eyes so we get a male-centric perspective of all of his relationships; from his mother, to his absentee father, to his girlfriend, and his employees, which was interesting. The dialogue was well written and believable. I found this to be a thought provoking read.
FYI: There was a small amount of adult language. Any sex was behind closed doors.
Format/Typo Issues: I noticed no editing issues at all.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** November 5, 2013