This is just another modern day gothic romance with all the corn:irritating neurotic heroine whose love life, past and present, takes up more time than investigating malevolent spirits. I would love to find a real thriller instead of the current trend to have female,as well as male protaganists come with all kinds of personal baggage so that you have to listen to their stories and whinnings in the middle of the mystery. I consider this stuff just filler and a real distraction to a good plot.Give me the arrogance, single mindeness and self-assurance of Sherlock Holmes when the games afoot!
This book has a heroine who is very unconvincing as a parapsycologist. She is just too self-absorbed.The other characters are very steryotypical southern elite, with some deep dark secrets which contribute to the mystery of the story, however, they are very annoying figures. I guess I found this book very disappointing as I was looking forward to a good ghost story and not a trite romance.
Wonderful book, very colorful characters and really kept me guessing till the end. Also really enjoyed the narration....the accents were a hoot! Hope there will be more of Cree !!
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
Cree Black, a parapsychologist, is contracted by Lila Beauforte to deal with some ghostly apparitions that are appearing in her ancestral home. The 150 year old Beauforte House is located in the Garden District of New Orleans.
What a perfect setting for ghost story! What a perfect ghost story this is! The mystery is enhanced by the narration of Anna Fields. It's a long listen (15 hours, 43 minutes) but you won't be bored as the colorful characters are introduced. Of course New Orleans is one of those "colorful" characters.
Don't enjoy Friday Night Football that continues all weekend long? Find another room, get out the boring knitting pattern and yarn, and LISTEN! Just don't be surprised to find the knitting sitting in your lap because you find yourself so engrossed in the story!
I'm not usually fond of female narrators, but Anna Fields did a great job with this one. I ended up sitting in the driveway, listening on, long after the commute was done.
A good creepy New Orleans setting, some interesting ghosts, and bad guys with mixed and even understandable motives all work together for a unique mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed. True, the requisite romance was a little annoying, but hopefully we've gotten that out of the way for the rest of the series, which I am really looking forward to.
I like to read books - like feeling the paper and easily finding my favorite spots - but this book was easy to listen to and it kept my hands free to do housecleaning.
All her characters were great!
Always wanting to hear more.
The constant change in action.
The inanimate characters coming to life.
Yes, I crawled under the covers.
This is my second. I lost the author' s name. Now I have it written down.
i was so pleased to finally listen to a book that had some in depth and accurate emotional and psychological content
for the sake of tension and dynamic i understand why there were a few teenage style lover spats but was a bit disappointed
no extreme reactions, just an enjoyable listen
hecht did a great job of not getting too wild with the paranormal aspect
This book was very entertaining and well-read. It IS a ghost story so expect it to be a little out there. It was not of the eyerolling "come on" nature, but believable enough to keep listening for the next piece of the puzzle. Very impressed with the narration, lots of different voices and a great pace. I downloaded the next book immediately!
I went out on a limb with this one. Another reviewer mentioned the characters and mystery were so good that the paranormal theme was not distracting. Excellent appraisal of Cree Black books.
Cree herself is a complex and likable character with a lot of strings left dangling for Hecht to pull together in future volumes. The sidekicks, Joyce and Edgar are both delightful and important enough to Cree for the reader to invest in as well. The other cast members in this particular book are all so fleshed out and complex I sometimes wondered how Hecht kept them all straight and then presented them so well to us!
Brilliant writing worthy of far more consideration than merely a "gimmick" series would draw. The research that went into this book had to be vast, and it allows the story to be effortlessly absorbed.
Anna Fields' narration equals the care put into the work itself. She is an amazing narrator and the characters are vivid and real in her voice.
The book was complex and involved - just the way I like them - but the narrator was so dry and drab I just wanted to cry.