Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review: Haunted by Brynn Stein

Haunted by Brynn Stein
Published July 17th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

When Lenard Blake is forced to leave his wife, he divorces not just her but her influential family, who makes it impossible for him to keep his job as a Denver police officer, never mind to find another one anywhere in Colorado. But a rural police force in Virginia has an opening, and the move could be just the change he needs, so Lenard buys a house based on an Internet ad. But when he arrives, he finds that the house looks nothing like the ad… and it’s haunted as well. 

Lenard doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but he decides to research his supposed ghost anyway. Soon he learns that fifteen years ago, Jason Miller was murdered in the house, and his entire family died under suspicious circumstances. As he makes friends with his ghostly companion, they join forces to try to solve the old murders. Along the way, they find there are some things that conquer even death.

I was prepared to read a ghost story that would be truly haunting scary or sad as the premise of a title like Haunted goes. I was not prepared for a cozy mystery, a sweet romance between a ghost and a cop and best of all, I was unprepared for a book that I could not put down until I reached the very end. 

Books like Haunted is a reason why I truly love fiction. With fiction, anything goes and I am under the mercy of authors who can either be the worst story tellers, bland story tellers, or the best ones whose written words can capture my imagination and trap me in their world for even just a little while. This book written by Brynn Stein definitely lands in the third category for I was well and truly trapped in Jason's and Lenard's world.

Yes, I definitely agree that this is an improbable story and scientists who study ghosts would most likely roll their eyes in frustration saying that some of the things Jason's ghost does is impossible scientifically. But who cares? This is a fiction that tells of a love between one man and a ghost. There is a mystery to tell, to solve and to eventually get off the cold files list. 

I loved reading this and I did it in under an hour. Yes, it was that interesting and gripping (If that sounds cliché I don't care.) This was a total surprise but a good read one that left me with a goofy smile on. 

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