Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Review of Ghosts, Author's Revised Edition
GHOSTS, Author’s Revised Edition
By: Noel Hynd
Published by: Damnation Books, LLC
ISBN: Digital - 978-1-61572-065-1
ISBN: Print - 978-1-61572-064-4
This review is based on a review copy provided by Damnation Books in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.
Noel Hynd is a master at crafting a spine tingling tale. In his book, Ghosts, he takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of hauntings, murder and mayhem.
Set in the sleepy little island town of Nantucket, Ghosts gives any paranormal enthusiast a tale worth reading. Tim Brooks is a detective who is known for sticking his nose into everything. He originally hails from a big city and knows his way around homicide cases better than his fellow team mates on the local police force.
When a young college girl is found brutally murdered, Tim becomes more enmeshed in a case than he ever has been before. The other two detectives, first on the scene, automatically charge the girl’s boyfriend. Tim, on the other hand, feels there’s something more going on and believes the boy is innocent.
Shortly thereafter, an award winning actress, Annie Carlson, reports seeing someone in her home. When Tim goes to investigate, he learns the “someone” Annie thought she saw was a ghost. Tim, at first, is convinced Annie is mistaken. He takes her to meet an older woman, Helen Ritter, who lives in a nearby nursing home. Helen had been known to take evening walks and enter people’s homes. Annie knows Helen isn’t her night-time visitor.
As the story progresses, another young person is killed. This time, it seems accidental - a drowning. But as the ME examines the x-rays, he is convinced the two deaths are similar. He brings his evidence to Tim who soon begins to wonder what’s really going on in their small community.
Meanwhile, events at Annie’s small cottage escalate. Finally, Tim is present when a large, heavy china cabinet, which is bolted to the wall, is pulled from its place and hurled violently to the ground. Now, both Tim and Annie are convinced her home is haunted. As Annie and Tim grow closer, a third horrendous murder occurs.
Tim turns to the local minister, George Osaro, a Japanese-American who is interested in the spiritual world. Together, the three of them band together to battle the evil, malevolent presence which has risen.
Ghosts is a book which will keep you riveted from start to finish. Who is the ghost haunting the island? Who holds the key to unlocking the mystery? Who is George Osaro and what is his involvement with the spiritual world? Will Tim and Annie find peace? I found this book fascinating and hope you will as well.