I’ve been reading a lot of ghost stories lately; not really a deliberate choice but these are the ones currently on my to-read list. It’s maybe not the best choice when I do most of my reading late at night just before going to sleep but a good choice for Friday the 13th! Luckily, this book isn’t so much a horror-filled ghost story but almost a feel-good one, with large focus on family and friends, and enjoying everyday life.
The main character, Franklin, is a young farmer with a gift that allows him to see and speak to ghosts, a gift that he uses to help these ghosts cross to the other side. In the first book in the series, The Popcorn Thief, an evil spirit wreaked havoc over the town. A year later, the town is still healing from those events and Franklin is trying to further hone his skills as he comes up against a new opponent, one who is preventing ghosts from reaching their peaceful afterlife.
Though I didn’t read the first book, the author gives enough of a summary of the past events that you can follow along fairly easily. For the most part, it was an cute, enjoyable story with a friendly protagonist, fun to read as we followed the town’s adventures. However, there are reasons for the three-star rating.
The main one was that it kind of felt that the author ran out of steam for this book. We were constantly reminded of the huge fight from book one but nothing really happened in this one. I understand that we can’t have an all-out crisis every time, but there was such a long lead-up to the conflict only to have an abrupt resolution with very little effort required of the characters.
I was also put off by how Julie, Franklin’s girlfriend, was portrayed in the book. Franklin is the narrator but that doesn’t mean that each time Julie is introduced to the action we need a comment on her sex appeal. Almost every single time her name was mentioned, it was followed by how attracted Franklin was to her, even when he was in the middle of another thought! We get it, they’re in love, but there are other ways to show this. I understood how strong their relationship was right from Julie’s first introduction. I really don’t know why the author felt they needed to repeat this over and over and over. Anyways…
Even with all this, I would love to see more of this town and Franklin’s ghosts. With the small-town feel, it’s just a nice book to curl up with for a beach read. I hope there is more to come in this series (with more about Julie and much less about her attractive qualities!) in the near future!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review