I enjoyed the first Terri Reid book I read (Book 1). It was different that what I normally read. It was sort of a fluff story. Book 10, however, left me speechless. It seems like the author was really in a hurry to get the story out of the way so she could get the main characters married. At two places towards the end of the book, plot lines stop suddenly. Killing a murder by a secret spy and then trashing ethics to be part of the secret agency team without any questions or discussion, all in about one paragraph, let me scratching me head and wondering what just happened. Did Reid go on vacation, come back, and say, "Hey, I'm done with that part." The set up for Clarissa and Maggie never happened, and the creature from Sean's dream, again killing the bad guy is a deux ex machina ending that was very disappointing. Why spend all this time setting up plot lines, then stop them dead in their tracks. I was generous with a two for this book. I will not be reading anymore of Ms. Reid's offerings.
Although I am very glad that the Gary Cooper story is finally over, it was getting to be a bit much, this book wasn't what I expected. If you have read the others you will see what I mean. The rushing to finish and tie up loose ends was distracting.The story with Sean made no sense. I don't think I will be reading any new series with Sean, since the set up was so pointless. I don't think I can read anymore of this series, which is sad because I really liked Mary O'Reilly.
This story seemed to be something rushed to finish another book. Not like others, boring story. Was so excited to read this book after reading all the others. 1-9 I couldn't put book down, characters were great and made you want to read more. After following all the problems with the "bad guy", I felt the storyline just dropped! Did not like the plug for a new series of books regarding Shaun and his bizarre encounters. This took away from the original main characters. All the books were great reads. Would recommend all of them except this one. Hard to stay awake with such a poor story and extremely short. Very disappointing
I really liked this series. There is one thing that just kinda bugged me. I kept waiting for that connection to hit between Mary & Bradley. I felt we got to witness such deep connections between Mary & Mike, Mary & Ian and the rest of the gang. Sure you get to see Bradley struggle with finding his wife was dead. But what about him and his family where he came from before he was married? I felt like after the 3rd or 4th book I kept waiting for there to be a good moment where they would have "their moment". Other than that I really love these books. I literally laughed out loud, my kids would just look at me funny lol. I cried and I got goosebumps.
I wanted to read this book because Ms. Reid is such a popular author, and I enjoy paranormal mysteries. However, I was severely disappointed. There were multiple story lines, which were disruptive to the flow of the main story line. The antagonist, Gary Copper, was a ridiculous enemy. For instance, even though the entire city is on alert to him as a serial killer, he drops off a makeshift bomb at the police station for the Chief of Police by telling the Chief's assistant, "No one can open it but him." Really? Then, when the woman tells him she's notified the police that he's there (by some covert method rather than just calling out to the room at large, I suppose) he magically gets away. In the end, it isn't even the lead character who gets him. He's killed off stage through a plot twist involving one of the other characters. And who this character really is, is never really explained. However, Mary decides with the snap of a her fingers to join this new character, but it's never explained to do what. And the ghosts are just lame. Even though Mary is the main character and has built her reputation on her ability to see and communicate with the ghosts, everyone it seems can see them. And other people can hear them, including a neighbor girl. The lead character, Mary, even thinks to herself at one point that no one would ever believe how weird her life is. Really? Apparently everyone knows how weird her life is, including the public, since she's been written up for her special ability in the newspaper. I understand this is the last book in this series, perhaps that's why regular characters (such as Mary's brother) show up without introductions. For someone who isn't familiar with the series, this was really confusing. Anyway, I just thought this one was awful, and I'm really sorry to say that since I love a good mystery.
What a big disappointment! I have loved this series and have been gobbling them up, one right after another, necessary as most are to some extent cliff hangers.
One major factor there is that they should be read in order.
There is a difference between paranormal mysteries and horror fiction, and what has been an excellent paranormal series veered seriously into horror in this book with Sean's experiences with some kind of ancient Irish monster that mutilates its victims.
Like Mary, the heroine of the series, I have also had a NDE (Near Death Experience) and find that that is portrayed close to my own, and I have no problem with spirits existing on several planes and sometimes needing aid to fully cross over.
The ghosts in this one have a lot of humor and add to the story line, but the horror element leaves me cold. I do not at all believe in such things and have no interest in reading horror fiction.
Perhaps there were so many resolutions in this volume - the wedding of the hero and heroine, the death of the creep stalking them and Bradley's daughter, etc., that the author has decided to move on to something else, although I still have five books and a few short stories to go in Mary's adventures
Like several other of the books in this series the solution of the book's main mystery telegraphs itself from the beginning and is unbelievable at the end.
Perhaps it is time to walk away from Mary and go back to Ancient Egypt, where I belong.