Nearly Departed by Rook Hastings

How did I get the book?  I bought it.

Genre: Paranormal

First Impression: Different.

Synopsis: Everything has a rational explanation . . . unless it doesn’t. The creepy first book in a ghostly new series: Welcome to Weirdsville. “I’ve seen a ghost,” said Emily. “Well, not seen one exactly. Heard one. At least, I think I have . . . ”  Woodsville is not like other towns. Night falls a little earlier there, the shadows are darker and denser, and everyone knows it’s a place where strange things happen., even if they won’t admit it. Bethan would prefer to be anywhere but here. Jay has his theories, but isn’t ready to share. Hashim sees more than he’ll say, while Kelly’s demons are all too flesh and blood. But Emily’s freak-out brings them out of denial and face to face with the supernatural. Anywhere else, Friday night would be date night. But not in Weirdsville.

200words (or less) review: The best thing about Nearly Departed is the characters. They are so convincing and while each one falls into a certain category, Bethan being studious for example, they aren’t defined by it. I particularly liked Kelly, normally she’d be my least favourite but her story turns things around brilliantly.

Everything starts when quiet Emily announces in class that she thinks she’s heard a ghost. At first she’s made fun off but Jay is intrigued and slowly talks the others into conducting a paranormal investigation on Emily’s house.

Nearly Departed takes the reader through the mystery of Emily’s ghost without being obvious. There are clues and in the last quarter of the book I thought I’d figured it out. For the most part I was correct but there a little extra’s to keep you surprised.

Personally I didn’t think Nearly Departed was scary, more of a mystery with ghosts. The writing is good and the story is well planned. If you like ghost stories I definitely think this is worth a shot.

Recommend it?


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