by Connie Bailey
Length: 217 Pages
Book Cover Rating: 4
Expecting another run-of-the-mill salvage job, Bo Andressen and his crew arrive at a crumbling castle in Wales and walk into a mystery of murder, hidden treasure, and greed with roots in the far past. In cooperating with the local law enforcement, Bo agrees to bring in a psychic, hoping to debunk rumors that the castle is haunted. However, paranormal liaison Tristan Lambert discovers that ghosts are only one suspected danger.
Bo doesn’t believe in ghosts, but Tristan is convinced they’re dealing with a revenant—a hostile spirit feeding on sexual energy and striving to be reborn. The arrival of the castle’s owner, Sir Rhys Turcotte, with his secretary—who happens to be Bo’s ex-lover—complicates an already dangerous situation. Unwittingly bound together by an evil spell, Bo and Tristan seek to unmask the revenant’s earthly allies… before more people become victims to an ancient evil seeking to rule the mortal world.
I’ve checked and double checked, and what was seriously missing in this book was a warning that I felt should have been in place. ***WARNING: CONTAINS VIOLENCE, NONCONSENSUAL SEX, AND SCENES OF RAPE TO WHICH SOME READERS MAY BE SENSITIVE*** This book warrants this warning, and since it wasn’t offered by the publisher, I’m throwing it out to those who haven’t yet read it. No offense is intended toward the author or publisher.
Ghost stories tend to get me hyped, but this one is a whole other ball game. The ghost in this story, as it turns out, is a manifestation of pure sexual evil. To me he was worse than a damn incubus. At least they use sex for power without killing their victim. I’ll say that I found many scenes disturbing in their nature such as the rape scenes and the brutality that went along with them. Up until nearly the end, this was no love story. But if you really need to know, the love story aspect of it is resolved around Tristan and Bo which you’ll read about in the last several chapters.
In any event, all that doesn’t begin well ends well. It eventually comes to an unbelievable climax and a satisfactory ending that soothes the soul, putting our minds to rest after the disturbing activities described within the story.
I could go on and on about this book now that my mind is flooded with thoughts about it, but I wouldn’t want to bore you by allowing my review to turn into a rant.
Review by Sidney