Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.
But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.
Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?
I would say this book is more a murder mystery with a ghosts supernatural element. I’m also not that convinced about the love story side of it. The story flashes back between Present day and twelve years previously. Because the characters are all the same I confess that if I got distracted whilst listening (terrible thing to admit I know) I wasn’t always sure when it was, now or in the past. The pace of the story was good and the mystery side kept me guessing, I never did figure it out before the reveal at the end. I enjoyed the tension between the characters w their lingering suspicions over what had really happened twelve years earlier. Although it isn’t really a creepy or scary kind of mystery/ghost story.
I think the romance side of Haven and Pierce’s relationship took a back seat to the murder mystery, which I didn’t mind at all. They ended with a happy for now, which might change if ever there was a sequel.
John Solo does a wonderful job of bringing out the characters and giving them all their own voices. He kept the atmosphere just right with the spooky suspense elements. Perfect for this time of year.
4 of stars out of 5 each for both story and narration
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