By: Marissa Yarrow
“How can you be haunted by someone that isn’t dead?”
“How can you be haunted by someone who isn’t dead?
It’s always been like this. I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t afraid of the dark. Maybe when I was a small child there was a time – between my loss of fear of the boogeyman and the growth of the fear of that which I know lingers in the shadows – when I wasn’t afraid of the dark, but I don’t think so. I think I’ve always had something to fear in the shadows.
My father’s ghost.
Ghosts of exes.
The ghost of my mother comes through the speaker of my phone to berate me in person while she shouts on the other end.
They’ve gotten louder and bolder than I’ve ever seen them before, and I don’t think I’ll be able to force them back into the shadows.
Are they real, or are they just my own guilty conscience tormenting me for what I’ve done?” (Description by the Author, Marissa Yarrow)
First, thank you to Marissa Yarrow for reaching out to me and asking me to read the ARC of your book. This is my honest review.
The book has the potential to be really good, but as a reader, I struggled reading it. I’m not exactly sure why, but the author did not use quotations for any of the conversations that occur within the book. The ghosts who whisper/speak to her is written the same way as a regular conversation with her friend. I think it would be helpful if the human conversations were written with quotations and the whisperings from the ghosts were put into italics. At least it would help the reader differentiate between what is being really said, or what the ghosts are saying, or what the inner monologue is.
When the author approached me, she described the book in a certain way to me (don’t want to give anything away), and while did she did a great job of putting out the pieces to the puzzle, the puzzle never comes together, and the ending is left without a real conclusion.
All this being said, I think we some editing this could be a really good book!
You can pre-order your copy here. I’d love to hear what you think.