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- Publisher: Electric Prose Publications (January 25, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 25, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B079BZ6WG7
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While the story in the novella does actually end just before the start of the story in the first book in the series, to think of it as a “prequel” would lead a new reader to the series to believe that Pratt Davies is the main character in that series when actually Anna Yesterday is the main protagonist. For those of us already invested in the series, we have previously become acquainted with Pratt and know that he is a secondary character — a major secondary character, yes — but still secondary.
We already know Pratt left the St. Louis PD because of a horrific paranormal encounter and this story fills in the details. We have already met, in a previous book, his ex-partner, who did not survive that earlier encounter intact physically or psychically, and her psychologist. Again, in this novella, we pick up a lot of detail that was not included in that earlier book.
And for those of us already invested in the series, we can derive two additional things from this prequel / flashback that someone new might not perceive. First, Officer Bowler is a major secondary character in this entry but has not been in any of the other books. However, based on one of Pratt’s statements to Bowler, I am led to believe that he might be the focus of a future novel in the series.
And secondly, those of us already invested in the series get to giggle at the irony of Pratt’s stating, as he resigned as a homicide detective and drove out of St. Louis, that wherever his new life started, it would be a life without ghosts or murders. Then we get to really chuckle when, less than 24 hours later, his new job is at an antique shop that not only has two resident ghosts but a boss that can both see and speak with those ghosts. Oh, my - out of the frying pan into the fire!
This novella is written well, utilizing the Rule of Three effectively: two specific action events and the immediate consequence of those events. The story line is tight with no obvious gaps where material might have been edited out to meet a low word count limitation. With the exception of one character being referred to by the wrong last name and some problems with the plural possessive of a surname, the typographical editing and proofing is excellent.
An intriguing arc, a tight plotline and good editing are hard to find in a short story these days. This one is definitely a treat to read.
Mr. Cheever did a wonderful job writing this novella. Looking forward to reading the remainder of the series.
The story is quite dark, but I understand that the rest of the series is lighter in tone. The author always manages to conjure up great characters, and Pratt Davies (an unusual name!) who is the main character is one of her best, even in such a short story his character is very well developed and believable, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series now.
This is one of the best paranormal mystery/thrillers that I have read in a long time, highly recommended.
As I mentioned, I did receive a complimentary advance copy of this book, but this honest review was voluntarily written, based on my own opinions.