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- Book 1 of 4 in Marie Bartek and the SIPS Team (4 Book Series)
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Because of the sentence above I feel very bad that I am leaving a less than positive review, but anything less would be phoney so here goes...
The premise of the story works for me. Successful smart relatively normal woman (despite being able to communicate with the dead) who runs her own veterinary. When the dead start to communicate with her at a rather alarming rate, she decides to form a Ghost Hunting group (SIPS) with her friends. In the meantime murders are occurring that appear to be by a serial killer. There is also a love interest.
My problem with the book is not the story but the lack of skill of the writer. I never lost myself in the book. Every character was flat & uninteresting, even the murderer. The ghosts, the police, the victims - everything. I never forgot I was reading a book. I'm grateful that it was a very short book as I cannot imagine slogging through it for much longer than I did.
The fact that the main character is a veterinarian is a moot point as she really doesn't do anything in her office after the beginning of the book except call to cancel due to other circumstances like a murderer on the loose. I didn't get to "know" her & therefore didn't care about her or any of the other characters.
When reading a paranormal book I expect as the reader to get a little more insight as to what is going on or at least if the author isn't going to initially reveal it, create enough suspense to make me tear through the book wanting the answer. Throughout the entire book every time they go out on a Ghost Hunting mission & capture all sorts of activity the author never says exactly what was revealed.Read more ›
I gave this book five stars because of the work to investigate and put into the story the actual aspects a paranormal group go through to investigate a suggested paranormal occurance. Then add in an interesting dialogue with romance between a skeptical Sheriff,(but trying to keep an open mind for the women he cares for), and the local Vet who has medium abilities coming forth that have been latent since childhood. And then there is the cast of characters of the SIPS crew. I love Gale and Tim's love/sex life is a hoot at times. I especially enjoyed Myra's spunk. Watch out for this old girl.
The romance between Marie and Cory was sweet, but was a bit flat. They're attracted to each other, they date a couple times before sleeping together and find that love is truly happening for them. This wasn't much of a romance novel even with a couple romances going on as more of a Ghost Hunter and suspence and thriller novel with a serial killer and spirits trying to help out his victoms by contacting the local medium.
As far as the paranormal, it was great read and enlightning as to what could happen with actual paranormal activity. I think any young adult and above would truly enjoy this series.
By Robin Murphy
Sullivan’s Island is an idyllic seaside community with beautiful beaches and historical landmarks that make it a great place to travel but an even greater place to call home. That’s where Dr. Marie Bartek has settled, becoming the community’s veterinarian. However, there is more to the doc than most know. She has gifts that emerged as a child to where she can see spirits; gifts that have been absent for many years but have returned recently for reasons unknown.
One might think in a town as small as hers that having special gifts might make you a pariah; however, on Sullivan’s Island it’s nothing to hide away. As a matter of fact there is a small group of individuals who are interested in beginning a group of sorts; Sullivan Island Paranormal Society or SIPS for short.
As the group begins to organize, a pair of spirits begins desperately trying to communicate with Marie. At first it is difficult to understand what they are saying as her gifts are rusty one might say. However, as their message becomes clearer, she realizes they are trying to communicate with her about a recent rash of murders occurring in her town. With the help of the SIPS team, can Marie stop the next murder from happening? Or is there a possibility that the life she could be saving could be her own?
I began the Marie Bartek series by Robin Murphy for the same reason I begin any book, an author's request. In this case I didn't exactly do as requested simply because I was asked to read the two most recent of the series. However, as I began to read the second in a series of three I felt I needed background information that could only be garnered from reading the first. So, that is how I happened upon Sullivan's Secret.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am enjoying the series.....a little different thriller. ....Published 1 month ago by Linda Berwaldt
While I didn't enjoy the sharp transitions between the main story line and the villain's story line the characters were well developed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Meehlticket
I love how the opening of this book puts you right into Marie’s world. There is a bit of back story to catch up on, but it flows really well within the story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MichelleLP
This book has a little of everything from murder to intrigued. Marie has no clue why after so long her repressed paranormal abilities has returned but she is about to learn that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lindseyf30
(Marie Bartek and the SIPS Team Book 1)
by Robin Murphy
*I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest... Read more
This story is very good it is a very interesting way to write a criminal novel. I liked the mix between paranormal, the police work, friendship and love. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angelica Berglund
This is the first book in a series by Robin Murphy. Marie Bartek is a vet on Sullivan’s Island, SC who has been a psychic all her life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by UIBB
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