Saturday, October 1, 2016

Dead Souls

Title: Dead Souls

Author: J. Lincoln Fenn [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Gallery Books

ISBN: 9781501110931

Length: 341 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I requested the library purchase this after I saw it in some newsletter.  NetGalley? Criminal Elements? A publisher's newsletter?  I can't remember.  I actually picked it up and started on it because I was on my dinner break and couldn't find the book I had intended to start.


Well, it's horrible...  In a fascinating I'd-like-to-cover-my-eyes-but-then-I-can't-read sort of way.  I don't really know what I expected from this book.  I knew that it's a "deal with the devil" theme, but beyond that? I did not think of it at the time, but now that I'm trying to describe it, Scratch is portrayed with a similar evil be seemingly harmless persona that the 2002 movie Ghost Ship showed, though the story is entirely different.

Fiona has sold her soul (on a drunken whim) for the power to be in a room while invisible - capable of being both ghost-like (through walls) and corporeal (moving items).  A pretty cool trick, but not worth a soul.  Nevertheless, she's now trying to manage her new life, complete with a support group.  But then things just kind of spin out of control as the members in her group wait to have their favors called in, one by one.  And now she's trying to maintain - some how, some way.  Let's be blunt about this.  From the start there are no HEAs to be found here.  Whether Fiona - or the reader - can admit it or not.

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