Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Goosebumps Galore!

Speed Dating With the Dead by Scott Nicholson

Fantasy/Ghost Story

Ghost stories, real ghost stories not the new paranormal ones with fantastical creatures, are my very favorite!  I love reading about things that go bump in the night with shivers, sitting all curled up on the couch with every light in the house on.  It's really hard to find a good one, though, and I am disappointed more often than not.  This book did not disappoint!  There were goosebumps galore!

Digger is a ghost investigator and has planned a conference at a famed, haunted North Carolina inn (I love stories set in North Carolina!).  His real purpose for returning to the inn, though, was a promise he made to his late wife, Beth. Digger promised to return to the site of their honeymoon and allow Beth to contact him as a ghost should she ever die.

Digger has avoided the place for years, trying and failing to come to grips with her death.  Finally, he can stay away no longer but is certain her ghost will not appear.  Not much faith for a ghost hunter!  Digger brings his ghost hunting team which includes his and Beth's daughter, Kendra.  Kendra is a very reluctant ghost hunter.  She doesn't believe in all the hype and has no respect for her father, mostly because of his spiraling alcoholism.  Digger's secret attempts to find his wife's ghost and the conference members' attempts to contacts ghost opens a gate to a demon bent on taking over and soon there are more ghosts in the inn than living people!

The ending of the book was an explosion, both literally and figuratively.  It was full of action, adventure and ghosts!  I liked the book more than I thought I would.  I have had occasion to tag along with ghost hunters myself and the author portrayed everything just as ghost hunters do things in the 'field'.  There were never any moments I felt the story was faked or false and really enjoyed getting taken on a fun, but spooky, ghost ride!

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