At first I avoided this book - I'm not very much into the paranormal.
But when I realized it might be a story about two -adult- gay men, a mystery, and voices they hear in the night, I decided to give it a go. And I'm glad I did.
It's very well written. The main characters come off as very real and very self-possessed. No histrionics, no unbearable obstacles to overcome, just a lush, well-lived life shared between two very together men in Chicago, and the voice of someone "no longer living" who speaks to them in the night. And even that is not as far-fetched as you might imagine. Elliot apparently had a major head injury and was side-by-side with another man, in the hospital, who passed away. Some kind of connection was made, and Elliot (and later, his lover, Steve) now converses with John in dreams - and it's not just imagination, because John has helped them find more than one murderer after their victims ascended to this "in-between" sphere of existence.
But that's only a small part of the book, and not the most important. What was important to me, surprisingly, was that it was a gay book with no sex scenes. Now that's original!!
Unfortunately, the mystery is pretty thin, there's not much momentum to it and, like so many books I've read lately, it resolves, and the book ends, in half a paragraph. Rather abruptly, actually.
So I enjoyed the story of the two men enough to give this book four stars. But with a richer ending, and a little more suspense to the mystery, I might have gone for five.