"Books Fall Open, You Fall In"
I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars
I received this book for free from NetGalley.
Austin Cole is the star of the hit TV show Spirit Chasers Investigations, a reality show where a crew goes into haunted places and ghost hunts. Casey Lawson is a psychic who can see dead people. Together they hunt with a full crew and all seems to be going well. That is until an evil entity takes over one of their own. Now it’s not about hunting, but surviving.
Well, where do I start? I liked this book, almost loved it. I had a hard time putting it down for the most part. But something about it made me unable to give it 5 stars. The first part of the book was a little slow but I really enjoyed it and pretty much plowed through it. The second part, where most of the action was, didn’t hold my interest as much as it should have, which is strange. For some reason, even though a lot was going on, I had a harder time getting into it and just felt like it dragged a bit. Not that I didn’t enjoy it. I did. It was just harder for me to focus. Maybe it’s because I had a feeling what was going to happen and once it got to the ending, I was a little disappointed. Not because the author chose not to go for the typical happy ending. I actually applaud her for that. I think it’s more how it all happened. It felt like a big build up, but without the climax. I can’t explain it.
The characters in the book were fairly well developed. There could have been more background on them and the romantic part of the story was a little rushed and became too intense too quickly for my tastes, but it didn’t really detract from the ghost story itself. I liked Austin. He could be a real pain and there were times when he was a little overconfident, but he was a likable character. The rest of the crew were a mixture of personalities that seemed to mesh well together and helped tie in the story. My only real character issue was Casey. I had a love/hate relationship with her. There were times in the book that I really liked her and other times where she was being so ridiculous I could hardly stand her. One moment she would seem like a really talented psychic and then it would seem like she really didn’t know what she was doing. Especially when it came to her own boyfriend. I was really confused that she didn’t sense anything from him and when his behavior drastically started changing, it never occurred to her that something more paranormal could be going on. I just figured she would at least consider it since she is the one who cleansed his house for him because it was so full of paranormal things that latched on during their ghost hunting excursions and he ended up unintentionally bringing them home.
When it came to the ghost hunting, I have to say, the author really seems to know her stuff. I found that part the most entertaining and really enjoyed how she could pull you in and make you feel like you were hunting with them. She didn’t sugar coat it or make it seem like an easy job. I like the fact that she also made sure to have Casey walk through a place and declare it not haunted. I have watched different ghost hunting shows before and was always skeptical when every place they went was haunted. Makes it seem less believable. I really liked that she didn’t do that. There was plenty of suspense and scary moments to really keep you interested. Even though I couldn’t give it 5 stars, I would definitely recommend it.
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