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Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Series: Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery, Bk 3
Length: 237 pages + "A note from the author"
Obtained: ILL Library copy
Why this book?:
I finished the 2nd book in the series and was ready to see what happens next in the 3rd.
As the 3rd book in the series, and following the cliffhanger of the 2nd, the reader is all set to finally find out what happened to Bradley's wife and unborn daughter. But the reader is not going to get their way in this. Because certain parties are sworn to confidentiality and others are oblivious. Instead you get a book full of domestic abuse as not one, but two story lines, share that theme. It's an intense subject that's addressed decently, if not with all the emotional intensity it could have.
Anyway, there is a seriously messed-up woman going around murdering men, and Bradley's next on the list. Meanwhile, Mary and Bradley are in more of a committed relationship, both having declared their love for each other in Good Tidings. That is, as committed as you can be when one of you is possibly still married.
Which brings me to the next item of interest. One review (I want to say on GoodReads, but it could have been Amazon), mentioned that the series suddenly turned Christian. I found this amusing, because it did suddenly become more religious. I don't know if its because the book was set around the holidays (between Christmas and New Year), because of the domestic violence and mental issue theme, because of the growing relationship between Mary and Bradley (Mary says she doesn't intend to have premarital relations - she doesn't give a morality reason though. More of a story about her parents love.) Whatever the cause, I had noticed the shift as well.
Anyway, I was frustrated by the ending (which I won't go into for fear of spoilers), but I do want to continue with the series. I've requested my library get the 4th book in the series, Final Call, so we'll see.