The Trouble With Ghosts by A.L. Kessler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Poor Abby! I really wish she could catch a break from the constant pressure of death threats, but I guess without that we wouldn't have these fast-paced stories about her life. Maybe a short story could give her a little reprieve.
We join Abby (crazy life already in progress) as she is still working on finding a balance with Nick (that's looking good) and tasked with solving a gross case involving severed thumbs. Yuck. This case, of course, ends up tying into a number other related items - the cult (remember them?), vampire politics (remember her almost kidnapping?), and the wolf pack (ouch, remember Simon?). Well, the cult remains as mysterious as ever, but we get to see the reemergence of a previous character. The vampire politics is also a bit of a black box to Abby, and it looks like Levi and his new associate want to keep it that way. The wolves? Well, at some point Abby would have to deal with the fallout from that, right? Oh, and there's ghosts. Did I forget to mention that?
There are a lot of death threats, a destroyed car (again), and some puzzle pieces that fall into place, but the true focus of the story is Abby. I think we're starting to see her break. Sure, maybe it's not full meltdown, but how many attempts at her life (and loss) can she be expected to survive? I think this book was a real turning point and where she goes from here will truly decide her fate. I wouldn't mind her finding a viable love interest at some point, either.
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