Ghost of Death by Chrys Fey

Ghost of Death by Chrys Fey
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (41 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost can…by stalking the lead detective on the case.

Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.

But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.

Everyone dies with some kind of unfinished business.

Jolie was such a fascinating protagonist. Her reaction to her death gave me a clear understanding of the smart, witty person she had been in life and continued to be in the afterlife, especially once she realized what she was capable of as a ghost. There were a few times when I giggled while reading her internal monologue, and that definitely wasn’t something I was expecting to do given the serious subject matter of this tale!

There were a few things about the murderer that I never quite understood. I briefly wondered if I’d accidentally stumbled into book two or three of a series based on how this character was written, although after researching it online this didn’t actually seem to be the case after all. It would have been helpful to have more details about this particular aspect of the plot so that certain pieces of information would be easier to pick up on.

The dialogue was well done. There isn’t a great deal of room in a story of this length for exposition, so tucking it into ordinary conversations was a smart idea. Doing it this way gave me precisely the right amount of background information about the characters I was most curious about. At a few different points during the dialogue I wanted to know more about what the characters were discussing. They provided enough information about what was currently going on, but they also whetted my appetite for more. While I don’t know if the author is planning to write a sequel, there is certainly plenty of room here to do so.

Ghost of Death is a good choice for anyone who likes the paranormal side of science fiction.

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