September 4, 2012
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Whisper Trilogy
Publisher: self published
Published: June 16, 2012
From the Publisher: People think I’m crazy. Maybe I am, since I’ve been able to talk to spirits for as long as I can remember. They are the forgotten, the souls who have unfinished business and can’t cross over. I help them, or at least I try to. There’s this one in particular, Jack, I call him, who’s been following me around a lot. Usually they tell me what they need to do and move on. Not him.
It isn’t until he brings another spirit, Tracy, the victim of an unsolved hit-and-run accident, that I know for sure he’s something more than just your average spirit. Then I start seeing him. And feeling his touch. And falling for him.
In our quest to get justice for Tracy and help her move on, Jack and I become something more than just a dead boy and a living girl. I’m just waiting to see what happens next…
**This book was received from the author but it did not influence the review**
Celeste’s review: I was intrigued straight away! I’m not usually a huge fan of ghost books, but after reading Ms. Cameron’s Noctalis series I am addicted to her writing…so I went into this with high expectations.
Non-spoiler summary: Anna can hear spirits speak to her, but she hears them only in her head. In order for them to hear her she has to talk out loud. Most just want to pass on a message to someone that is still living, and all things continue like this until she meets “Jack”. He was probably around her age when he died, but he can’t remember when or how or how long ago that was. That is all I can say about him.
Anna feels so lost because her parents think she is mentally ill. But we know she talks to spirits, not to herself as her parents believe. Her best friends also know something isn’t right, and Anna learns one is supportive while the other calls her crazy. This just pushes Anna further into isolation…so Jack seems to be a welcome friend. However, her friendship with Jack only continues the cycle; she keeps talking to Jack because it makes her feel less lonely, but that just isolates her more at the same time.
Quickfire on Anna’s friends: Nora = sweet Felicity = judgemental Tracy = kind, would have lived life differently
Beth = nicer deep down
What I loved: Anna’s struggle with the fact that Jack wasn’t real. This gave me a real emotional reaction that Ms. Cameron did perfectly. I was so torn, just like Anna. I kept turning the pages waiting for Jack to solidify! *crosses fingers there’s some magic about that in the next book*. I also loved how Anna dealt with her “issue”. I could personally feel her helplessness at the whole gift vs. mental illness situation. I could see there was no way out!
My teensy gripe: Her mother. I can’t get past what happened at the end. Her mother is the kind of person I love to hate. She is not able to handle Anna’s illness (gift) and she does things “her way or the highway”. There was never any discussion. To her it was cut and dry. The way it ended….I’m not sure it was so believable. However, after the dust settles by the time we get into book 2 we should see if her mother follows through. I’m interested to see how their family life changes.
Rec it? oh my gosh, YES! I loved the story, I loved the frustration I felt at people not believing Anna. I really felt it! When an author can generate emotion out of me as the reader, it’s a total success in my book. It’s a fabulous quick read that will have leave you wanting more.