Ghost Seer, Book #5
By Robin D. Owens
Author’s website: http://robindowens.com/
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jerjen
Clare Cermak has a gift for speaking to ghosts of the Old West, but in the latest from the author of Ghost Talker, she may soon join their ranks…
With Clare’s health fading, she and her partner—the love of her life—detective Zach Slade, head to Manitou Springs, Colorado, in search of the only healer who can help them: the ghost of Sister Juliana Emmanuel, whose healing skills live on in the afterlife.
Unfortunately for Clare, the nun’s ghost is elusive, and the town is teeming with spirits who all want to speak with Clare—newer ones, street kids who’ve been killed and want their bodies found and their murders avenged.
Now, with the help of Zach and Sister Juliana, Clare must find the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she will face an evil that could destroy everything she and Zach hold dear—including their love…
Clare has started up a new business, where she continues helping spirits pass over, but in a much safer way. These spirits are not evil, they just do not want to move on or do not know how to move on. This should be much easier than fighting sinister entities and much safer. And it would be, except that every time she helps a spirit pass, a spiritual tear that Clare received while working an earlier case, gets torn open a little more. This is causing problems for her physical body and it becomes so bad that Clare and Zach, her lover and partner, become very concerned. They learn about a spiritual healer that may be able to help Clare recover. She may be the only one that can help her and they know they have to find her and enlist her services. But doing that is easier said than done, because when they locate her, she is evasive and not exactly willing to help. They need to convince her, and deal with many ghosts needing Clare’s help, before it is too late for Clare to recover.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Clare is a very tough self sufficient woman, but she also has a softer side, especially when it comes to Zach, and Enzo, the ghost dog, who is really Clare’s spirit guide. Although you could tell how much Clare loved Zach, at times I felt like she did not like him very much. This made the relationship feel more realistic to me and I liked that. Zach often became very frustrated with Clare, mostly because he is very concerned about her health and well being. I enjoyed the bickering and bantering between the two of them, it was entertaining.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place all around me. She is also very talented in creating suspense and tension with the written word. I was pulled through the book at a high speed and sometimes I had to stop and catch my breath. I was torn between wanting to the swipe the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next, and not wanting to because I was afraid of what would happen next. That is a great thing to happen when you are a reader.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted paranormal ghost read. I have always enjoyed reading ghost stories and this book is a great addition to this genre. It is the second book that I have read in the series and I have enjoyed them both.