A haunting, contemporary love story from the New York Times best-selling author of Conversion
It's July in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic's in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.
As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose-petal lips and her entrancing glow. There's just something about her that he can't put his finger on, something faraway and otherworldly that compels him to fall even deeper. Annie's from the city, yet she seems just as out of place as Wes feels. Lost in the chaos of the busy city streets, she's been searching for something - a missing ring. And now Annie is running out of time and needs Wes' help. As they search together, Annie and Wes uncover secrets lurking around every corner - secrets that will reveal the truth of Annie's dark past.
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Kill me now
Loooong periods of internal dialogue or first-person narrative with no tension or build of any kind, interspersed with oh-too-brief instants where something actually happens. I never felt that I was actually in the scene, just watching from afar (and falling asleep). There were far too many improbabilities in the story, and I don't mean the ghost. It's as if it's the sketch of a book that someone meant to go back in and develop at a later date.
Take me into the smells and physical senses of the scene. Edit out the long stretches of scenes that seem to go nowhere (lots). Overlong scenes of one of the major characters wandering in the fog shouldn't be there. Annie, a gently bred young woman going alone in the streets of New York in the 1800s? That is not historically accurate. And the Annie character seems awfully dim, even for a ghost.
Kathleen McInerney is an okay reader, given that she has dreadfully dull prose to read aloud.
No gratuitous violence?
I was trying to get a craft project done and wanted to listen to the book while I worked. It was so bad that I kept repeating, "Oh my God, kill me now." Fortunately, that didn't happen.
I enjoyed so much the Physik Book of Deliverance Dane, and hoped this one would be a good story. It wasn't.
- Adventure shoes
A Modern Day Ghost Story
Yes, probably. I'd wait until it'd been a long time since I last listened to it and I didn't have any books I had to listen to instead, but I might. It was fun!
The way they took a ghost story and gave it strong backing. I also like how it switched characters and the voices changed too.
The fact that they switch off is fantastic, I love how you get a good feeling of each character as an individual since it's done by different actors.
A very good listen, lots of fun for anyone who's into ghost stories, historical fiction, or just a good little read.
- Angie Golish