Wednesday, November 16, 2016

REVIEW: "Restless Spirits" by Jean Marie Bauhaus

****(4) out of 5 stars!

This tale is a different take on the traditional ghost story, in that the protagonist is herself a ghost, albeit a newly created one, from the moment that the narrative opens.  As such, she’s hardly spooky, and neither are any of the other main characters, most of whom are ghosts as well.  However, these is one entity who also haunts the house they are trapped in, who is definitely scary.  Her name is Sara, and she usually appears as a cute little girl; she does, however, have the ability to transform into a seriously creepy demon-like entity that can apparently devour souls.

Mostly, the plot of the novel involves solving the mystery of how Sara came to be there and keep them all there, as well as how they might possibly escape from her clutches.  All of the characters seem genuine, true to the time periods in which they lived and died, and are quite likeable – other than Sara, of course.  In addition to the mystery and paranormal antics, there are some friendships forged and relationships explored, including a most unlikely romance. 

I did not want to put this book down once I started reading it and was sad to see it come to a close, even though the ending was quite a satisfying one.  It does have a clear-cut resolution of the action presented in the narrative, but there is a lot of room for future story lines and potential sequels should the author have more stories to share about the main characters.   

   I received an eBook copy of this title free from NetGalley,
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

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