Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: Seeing The Dead by: Sheila Connolly

Title: Seeing The Dead
Author: Sheila Connolly
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Series: Relatively Dead Mystery #2
Pages: 236
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Ever since her first ghostly sighting, Abby Kimball has been trying to unravel the mystery of her newly discovered ability. So when she sees the apparition of a Revolutionary War soldier in the middle of the town green—just days before the annual Patriot’s Day celebration, no less—she’s determined to figure out her connection to the man.

The ethereal soldier is not the only mystery in Abby’s life. She’s also trying to sort out her connection to Ned Newhall, the man who shares her ability and is playing a more serious romantic role in her life every day. But with plans for the celebration ramping up and her job becoming more chaotic by the minute, Abby’s finding it hard to catch her breath, much less come to grips with all the new turns her life has taken.

And when another eerie episode is followed by the appearance of a very curious young girl who seems wise beyond her years, Abby discovers she and Ned may have only scratched the surface of their special ability, and that Ned may hold the biggest surprise yet.

My Thoughts:

This book was an interesting series that has to do with ghost sightings.  Abby has been looking into her genealogy and trying to uncover information about ancestors when she sees a ghost during the Revolutionary War era.  This is the first ghost she has encountered that her boyfriend Ned Newhall hasn't.  Which leads Abby to want some down time from her boyfriend.

Add to the fact that Patriot's Day is fast approaching and the town is busy scheduling all sorts of activities which makes Abby's search harder as she is needed at the museum and takes away from her research into her family.  When Abby is asked to watch Ellie her boss's daughter she finds out how intutive Ellie is and her and Ned try to reach out to Ellie's parents about the situation.  Will it work out for Ellie or will she be like Ned and have to keep her ghost seeking to herself?  Will Abby ever find out about her ancestors or is she searching dead ends?

What I liked about this book:

I liked the relationship between Sarah and Abby, for those that haven't read this series yet Sarah is Ned's mother and another ghost viewer who Ned inherited it from. I also enjoyed the relationship between Ellie and Abby and how Ellie seemed like an old sort of spirit who knew things she shouldn't like Abby's ability to view ghosts.  I also enjoyed the whole research angle of finding out the history behind the ghosts that appear to Ned, Sarah, Abby and Ellie.

What I didn't like:

Which could just be me but Leslie, Ellie's mom her initial reaction to Ellie's situation I thought felt harsh, do I expect her to welcome this will open arms, no in a perfect world maybe but in this instance it seemed really harsh cause who really knows what kids see or don't see or their impressions.

Then again I also wasn't a huge fan of the whole situation between Ned and Leslie just seemed like trying to make a connection deeper that what I think they have.  Who knows what anyone would do with a situation like theirs, which I know tells the blogger readers (you guys) not much on what the 'situation' is but I don't want to give it away, read the book and you'll get the big 'situation'.

I would definitely recommend this book for people who like ghost themed books, New England towns etc.  I think you won't be disappointed.
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