Series: Ghost Seer #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley on 1 April 2014
Clare Cermac inherits more than she bargained from her eccentric aunt. Not only was she gifted several million dollars, she also got the gift to communicate with ghosts. If she can’t find a way to reconcile the existence of supernatural woo-woo with her ordered existence and help ghosts, her resident ghost dog assures her she will die.
Clare, like most stereotypical accountants, is happiest when she is facing cold, hard facts (which is why the cover does nothing to reflect her personality). When she starts seeing and hearing ghosts, she immediately makes an appointment with a therapist and a brain specialist as she is convinced she is going mad. Clare’s background suits her new ‘profession’ in many ways as she has a high attention to detail when it comes to researching her gift and her new ghostly client, Joseph “Jack” Slade. Clare’s gift comes with a pretty hefty restrictions which affect where she can live and which ghosts she can interact which make this more than your average ghost story.
Zach was seriously injured on the job and forced to retire as a police deputy. He resents not being able to do the one job he feels qualified for and reluctantly takes on a private investigation gig. Zach, like Clare, refuses to acknowledge he has a gift but I suspect this will change given his association with Clare and his landlady, Mrs Finton, who has a rich interest in supernatural happenings.
The romance aspect was probably the weakest section for me as it seemed to yo-yo between warp speed and a snail’s pace. I did however really enjoy the scenes when Zach and Clare worked together so I’m hoping the pacing will be cleaner in the next book. The secondary characters are uniformly charming and bring some much needed levity to the serious side of the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I have high hopes for the next in the series.