- File Size: 4808 KB
- Print Length: 195 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01827KBSI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Wages of Sin (Unquiet Spirits Book 1) Kindle Edition
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
I'm familiar with novels that take place in the 19th century, but The Wages of Sin instead takes place in the 1700s. That era was an interesting and effective choice although, for me, men in powdered wigs is a little strange. (I evidently like my men more natural!) The writing style is rich and descriptive, which seems congruent for the time period portrayed.
The gothic-style haunting is top-notch and the two main characters are likable. I wish the protags had been fleshed out just a little more--of the two, Jasper is the more strongly drawn. Of course, Charles comes from a family of wealth, so quiet restraint and a low profile was probably appropriate for his station in life. I felt I might have gotten to know him a little better had the novella been a bit longer. However, the ending clearly sets up the likelihood of a sequel, so I hope the author is currently planning (or better yet, writing) one.
I very much hope the author is considering a sequel, because there's plenty of potential for it.
In an attempt to solve the mystery, George calls upon the only man he knows who may be able to help: Jasper, childhood friend, former lover, defrocked priest, and convicted sodomite. Last, but not least, Jasper can see and communicate with ghosts. George summons Jasper and, although George ruined his life, Jasper feels compelled to help if he can. The rest of the family is shocked to see Jasper because Admiral Vane, Jasper's guardian, and George's father were sworn enemies. Most of the family is not convinced that otherworldly forces are in play, but they are faced with a dilemma: accept Jasper's help or give up on a chance to know what happened to their father.
Charles is too young to remember Jasper but the sight of him evokes fear in his heart. Jasper is mysterious and intriguing at the same time. When Charles begins to trust Jasper more, he sees the powerful yet humble man with different eyes. Charles accidentally witnesses a tender moment between Jasper and George; although he's shocked, it causes him to reconsider how he feels about being with another man and if it is truly a sin. Later, Charles confesses what he saw to Jasper; this conversation opens doors and feelings that Charles has yet to experience. Jasper includes Charles more fully in the investigation to prove that the murder was perpetrated by a vengeful ghost. It doesn't take Charles long to be convinced because he begins to experience some of the terror that Jasper sees all the time. It's a race against time, as the ghost escalates its ghastly vengeance against the family.
Alex has crafted a complex, spooky, and provocative story, with strong, descriptive passages that both thrilled and terrified me. I'm beginning to love Jasper but am not as convinced about Charles's character. I fear he's too spoiled to be reliable but if Jasper is happy, then I am. Thank you, Alex, for providing me with an engaging read. I can hardly wait to see what adventures Jasper and Charles will have in the future. Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.