Release date: December 3, 2013
Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.
Rain of the Ghosts gripped me from the first page itself. Firstly, the narrator wasn’t clear – the events were described by a character but seemed to shift perspectives. It wasn’t until the middle of the book when the narrator was made clear, and that itself was such a great surprise. The book opens with Rain and her best friend Charlie being pursued and the way it was described and the way it turned out to be – if is an awesome twist. The beginning of the story seems so normal, and then the paranormal elements blend in. Events unfold and Rain starts to see ghosts, including one familiar one. The ghosts are tied to her and she is supposed to help move on. But the best part was the climax – it really opened up the world to even more adventure. I can’t give out any spoilers but I loved the development and what it means for future books and whether it has anything to do with mythology.
As the book is fairly short (125 pages in the ARC), the pacing is brisk and the writing supplements this very well, without sacrificing on detailing. The characters subtly are revealed to have so much more going on behind and each seems to have a mystery, even those who are just mentioned in passing. I was constantly questioning why the character had the particular reaction and did Rain’s dreams mean much more than just dreams. As I said before, the book has interesting and well-timed twists, and really unexpected reveals. Also, with the whole nearly isolated island atmosphere, you have the New Orleans like feel to the book. A really good read!
Received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.