Review: Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens

January 6, 2015 Reviews 2 Comments

Review: Ghost Layer by Robin D. OwensGhost Layer by Robin D. Owens
Series: Ghost Seer #2
Genres: Paranormal Mystery
Published by Berkley on 2 September 2014
Pages: 320
Reading Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
One StarOne Star


This court is now in session…

Clare has been called in to investigate a ghostly prospector who has a nasty habit of leaving his bones in the guest beds of a millionaire. The millionaire wants him gone and the miner might just pass on if Clare can find out who killed him. 

Case for the Prosecution

Clare Cermack might have  exceptional skills that allow her to communicate with ghosts, but she has evolved into a TSTL heroine who consistently makes idiotic decisions that risk her life and those of others. She refuses to accept her gift despite actually communicating with ghosts on a semi-regular basis and is sanctimonious enough to lecture Zach on acknowledging his.

Zach had the makings of a really interesting character what with the bitterness from his injury and ability to tell the future by counting birds. I lost an awful lot of faith in him though as he fell so hopelessly in love with Clare that he stole her perfume so he could ‘smell’ her when she was away. Seriously?? The sex scenes between him and Clare are oddly mechanical and really dissatisfying. There seems to be no real reason for their inclusion as they don’t advance the plot or the relationship effectively.

Case for the Defence

I liked how the way the mystery around the death of the prospector dovetailed with the present day situation. The mystery itself wasn’t that difficult to solve but it was interesting. Owens’ decision to have Clare deal with the Wild West was a smart one as the era is so fascinating.

Even though I couldn’t connect with Clare or Zach, I did enjoy the time we got to spend with the ghost dog Enzo and the ghosts. A little more info was revealed about Clare’s family background and extent of her gifts which helped to round the story out.

The Verdict

I absolutely adore the premise of this series and had enjoyed the first book but it is hard to stay with a series when you don’t really like the main characters. If the romance aspect had been pared back and Clare had made a few sensible decisions then it could have been much more satisfying.

Clare reminded me an awful lot of Melanie in Karen White’s Tradd Street series so if you give this one a go and find yourself enjoying it, you might want to check that one out.


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