Sequel to Fish and Ghosts
Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.
Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.
With Wolf’s sister handling Hoxne Grange’s spectral visitors, Tristan finds himself in the unique position of being able to leave home for the first time in forever, but Wolf’s roughshod treatment is the least of his worries. Tristan’s ad-hoc portal for passing spirits seems to be getting fewer and fewer guests, and despite his concern he’s broken his home, Tristan agrees to help Wolf’s cousin, Sey, kick her poltergeist to the proverbial curb.
San Luis Obispo brings its own bushel of troubles. Tristan’s ghost whispering skill is challenged not only by a terrorizing haunting but also by Wolf’s skeptical older cousin, Cin. Bookended by a pair of aggressive Kincaids, Tristan soon finds himself in a spectral battle that threatens not only his sanity but also his relationship with Wolf, the first man he’s ever loved.
I simply love reading Rhys Ford’s stories! Add the companion audiobook (she has a genius for choosing the perfect narrators), and one has the perfect combination.
This is the second in the Hellsinger series and I’m not ashamed that this one scared me just a tad (ok, a lot)! I found it scarier than the first book, and that book chilled me. There are parts that reminded me of IT (loved the Stephen King book).
So, instead of Wolf and Tristan basking in the glow of new love, we find that Wolf has somehow behaved like an arse and Tristan are temporarily not on speaking terms. To work on their budding relationship, Wolf takes Tristan on a case to investigate a poltergeist haunting at his cousin place. Once they get there, there are all sorts of interesting characters, (especially the crazy aunt) and one hell of a malevolent spirit.
Ms. Fords writing is brilliant – descriptive, humourous, and hot when it comes to the love scenes; which brings me to the audiobook portion of the review.
Two words: Tristan James! I suppose I may need to elaborate for those who have not listened to this excellent narrator.
Mr. James sounds like how I imagine aged single malt Irish whiskey would sound, if it could talk, – smooth, easy on the ears but leaves you wanting more. His gravelly voice for Wolf, his softer tone for Tristan and his chilling voice for the evil poltergeist made this one of my all-time favourite audiobooks. His characterisation of the evil girl spirit was truly chilling – definitely Halloween fare!
For those who like things that go bump in the night (and during the day) and I mean men in love and ghosts ;), then this is an excellent choice!
5 stars out of 5 for the book; 6 stars out of 5 for the audiobook!
Copy Purchased for Review
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