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'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 listen to audio books while working.
Hecht writes the ghost/paranormal stories so well, but I can't give him a 5-star because his comprehension of how women think and how weak he made Cree Black drove me nuts. I've been a professional woman in crisis and with a dead husband -- and while there are many variations in life, she either is a smart woman or she isn't. Over and over he put her into situations which no smart woman with her knowledge would've gone. So now we have a basic romance book -- women doing stupid things to be saved from by a good man. I'd like to see him ditch the romance novel format and let her be a SMART woman in crisis, not a cliche. His side characters were well-developed, and the plot was surprising, but the ending left me a bit unsatisfied. I'll give him one more try.
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.
I don't know which is worse in this book - the writing or the reading. Maybe it goes somewhere interesting in the end, but I will never know because I could not get past the first quarter of the book. Buy it only if you are interested in self-absorbed heroines and sterotypical men.
Aw, Cree! You are such an emotional mess! I love it! Just listening to your inner tormoil while trying to untangle and figure out others! What a fun time of it I had, listening to you take bits from other's lives and intertwine them with your own. You'll solve other's situations long before you will your own. I love how deep human (and inhuman) emotion, loose science and psychology mix up to make for such a fun story!
Part suspense, part romance and all supernatural, this is a charming novel. The protagonist, a "ghost psychologist" with a troubled past involving the paranormal, is surprisingly believable. Her closest associates are also well-drawn, and New Orleans is lovingly and richly detailed. Like others, I found the romance lacking, but thought the suspense in shifting through the layers of history and family relationships to get to the heart of the ghost was well worth the time spent. I'm looking forward to the second book in the series.
Wow! I highly recommend this one. The subject matter was refreshingly different from the usual murder mysteries/police procedurals/courtroom dramas that populate the Mystery genre. The story was compelling and I kept trying to find situations to keep listening; my foot would come off the gas as I approached home and taking a long exercise walk became mighty appealing. Having Cree work through her own personal issues as she helped Lila confront her haunt really humanized the work. As a long-time fan of Anna Fields, well, I just can't say enough good things to say about her talent. Get this book!