Author: Terri ReidType: Kindle e-book
Genre: Supernatural / Mystery
Series: 6th book in the Mary O'Reilly paranormal mystery seriesSeries Order: 1) Loose Ends, 2) Good Tidings, 3) Never Forgotten, 4) Final Call, 5) Darkness Exposed
First Published: December 2011First Line: "The bell pealed its final warning and two dozen high school students quickly rushed in from the grey locker-walled hallway into the Chemistry lab."
Synopsis: This book follows closely on the heels of Mary and her group solving the mystery of Jeannine's murder. After being put through a harrowing experience to solve the 8 year old murder Mary comes out of it emotionally and physically drained. Even after returning safely home Mary continues to suffer the after effects of being held captive. Besides the support of her family and friends Mary also gets back into her normal groove by solving a new mystery about the death of a local high school science teacher.My Thoughts: This is one of my favourite e-book series to date. It's a mystery series mixed with supernatural and has a really great price too ($2.99/e-book). Unfortunately, this 6th book focused more on the relationships between the characters than the mystery. I can only imagine how hard it is to balance the momentum of relationships while keeping up the suspense in the current mystery. Sometimes I don't have an issue with relationships taking the front seat for a bit of the book but since I just don't feel the chemistry between Mary and her man this time it was distracting. I think a lot of it stems from the cutsie banter between them. It happened quite a lot in this book was too saccharine for my tastes - even bordering on corny.
Thankfully, some of my favourite characters (Fireman Mike and Ian) make appearances again. Who doesn't like a wise cracking ghost and a guy with a Scottish brogue?? These two are, hands down, my favourite characters. I'm hoping they come to the forefront in future books.
Unfortunately, Bradley is another story. I find Bradley to be kind of a boring character. Yes, he loves Mary and he's a good guy. He's likeable but not exciting (especially for a cop!). I was hoping for a love triangle between Mary, Bradley and Ian to spice things up but that hasn't happened so far. Bradley just seems too boring. I'd much rather see Mary start to have feelings for Ian and show the drama that would happen between them as well as Ian and his fiery fiancé back in Scotland.Finally, there's something that I found odd over the last couple of books. Mary's special talent is her ability to see ghosts. Over the past few books, more and more characters are able to see ghosts as well. It kind of makes Mary's talent a little less special and less believable.
While I did easily predicted the cliff hanger at the end of the book I will admit that it was satisfying to be right. :) Without giving anything away I am interested to see how Ms Reid uses this new information in future books.Overall this is a decent read but not my favourite in the series. I'd prefer more mystery and a little less cutsie banter. Perhaps more of a time lag in between books would be good too. It's hard to imagine so much drama happening to one group of people within only a few months time.
I still recommend this series (but read them in order). I just hope there's an infusion of oomph in upcoming books to keep the momentum going.My Rating: 3/5 stars