Most of the time I ignore the book advertisements that appear on my kindle ‘wake-up’ screen. For the most part, they’re not books that appeal to me in the slightest. However, something about this one caught my eye and so on a whim I purchased it. And I’m not mad about it. It’s not ground breaking fiction, by any means, but it was fun and engaging.
Charlie has the ability to see ghosts and comes from a long line of witches. She’s not super happy with her abilities, as they’ve cost her quite a bit in her life, but she deals with it. Her cousins, witches in their own right though with different powers, are less reticent. So when one of her cousins (whose name I totally forget) has a customer with a ghost problem, she enlists Charlie’s help in figuring it out. Of course, this customer would come with a police officer son whose skepticism is strong and his desire to protect his mother from predatory frauds is even stronger.
This book pleasantly surprised me. I haven’t had the best of luck with self-published fiction, but this one is one of the hidden gems. I think it probably still could have used a couple more editing run-throughs. There were a couple of noticeable grammatical errors, even to my untrained eye, and a few places that could have been tightened up or eliminated entirely. But even given those, the story was fun to read and the plot kept going at a pretty good pace. There’s nothing groundbreaking in this book, but it was enjoyable.
One quick note, because it did kind of bother me. From what I recall, nearly a month later, the book is pretty white for being set in South Carolina. Those few characters who aren’t white are victims. It’s something I hope the author fixes as she continues with the series.
I don’t think you should go out and grab this book right away, but if you’re looking for something to scratch the urban fantasy itch, and you’ve got a hankering for witches and ghosts, this one is decent. I’m even planning on picking up the next book in the series, eventually.