Author Name & Publisher: Sheri Lewis Wohl (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 — 264 Pages
When seeing dead people is more than a movie tagline.
Circe Latham’s secret has always set her apart from everyone, but
these days she uses it to bring home those whose lives are stolen too
soon. Alongside her search dog, Zelda, she is able to make a
difference, and the chance to work a case with Deputy Sheriff Diana
Erni is an exciting challenge. Until the case takes a deadly turn and
her own life hangs in the balance. In order to save herself, Circe
must do the one thing she swore never to do again: share her secret.
Will her trust in Diana be strong enough to save her life or will she
too fall victim to a killer?
There were several things I liked about this book. Wohl really got me with the suspense, right from the beginning. The first time the doorbell rang and she cut to someone else, I was sure the killer was coming for Circe. Obviously not, but the fact that Wohl made me think that so early in the book was indicative of the suspense she wove throughout the book. And she also got me with some of the twists she threw in about the killer. She had me wondering for quite some time, although I did have an inkling before the big reveal. I really loved Zelda, and the team she and Circe made. I even loved the paranormal aspects that were included. We obviously know about Circe’s ability, but there’s a hint that Diana has some abilities as well, and I wonder if that’s why the two of them connect so deeply so quickly. This brings me to a couple of things I didn’t like as much. I don’t like how quickly the two relationships moved, not only Circe and Diane, but also Paul and Lisa. I believe that type of instant connection can happen, but I’m not convinced that it would be moved on so fast. It almost seems like it was rushed simply to move the plot along. The other thing I didn’t care for as much is that Circe’s ability seemed a bit passive. Intrusive, yes. But passive, in that there wasn’t much she could do to help either the dead spirits she was seeing, nor the investigation into what happened, other than finding their bodies. I would have liked to see that be more interactive, so to speak.
All in all, this was a good read, with some interesting twists, and I really enjoyed it.
A reader since I could pick up a book, my goal in grade school was to read every book in the library. I didn’t quite make it through every book, but I came darn close, and thus my love of literature was born. I started writing in high school and have continued through today. I didn’t follow my muse to college, at least not at first. Instead, I floundered around and managed to complete a degree with concentrations in Psychology, Communications and Women’s Studies at Eastern Washington University. But, the pull of the written word wasn’t done with me yet, and I went back to school to complete a Masters in Humanities through California State University. With a thesis on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s vampire tale “Carmilla”, it was a gothic writer’s dream come true.
Today, I’m still writing and reading a ton of books. With the advent of electronic publishing I can carry any number of books in my Kindle. I’m never without a touch of fiction. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, Team Blaze (a local triathlon group), and a local K9 search & rescue team.