Eve - A Christmas Ghost Story Book Review

Eve - A Christmas Ghost Story Book Review

Title: Eve - A Christmas Ghost Story: A Psychic Surveys Prequel (Volume 3)
Author: Shani Struthers
Published: December 13, 2015 Crooked Cat Publishing, Ltd.
No. of Pages: 210
Cover Price: $9.99 Paperback, $2.99 Kindle

It’s always fun to read a new mystery around the holidays that is festive and builds Christmas Spirit. Eve - A Christmas Ghost Story is an installment in the Psychic Surveys series by Shani Struthers. It is set in the small village of Thorpe Morton in North Yorkshire, England. Christmas Eve 1999 is the 100th anniversary of a tragedy in that village where the miners were on strike and so poor, they didn’t have enough food to feed their families. The mining bosses threw a huge Christmas party; with the promise of free food and entertainment; the miners all attended. During the party, someone yelled “fire” as a prank, even though there was no fire and while running to escape, 59 people, many children, were crushed and killed. The tragedy touched almost everyone in the town. The spirits of the dead remained, and haunted the town.

Edna, one of the residents of the town and owner of Sunnyside, a bed & breakfast type place, had a ghost also, and psychics Theodora and Ness, came to investigate her ghost as well as the 59 ghosts. Their goal was to send the spirits to the afterworld. The problem was that there were other evil paranormal parasites that threatened their psychic powers, and these parasites were dangerous.

While anything with the subject matter of ghosts is suspenseful, this book isn’t particularly scary and would not be considered a horror novel. Struthers is an excellent writer and the novel flows. It is not, however, fast moving, so readers can plan on spending a bit of time getting to the end. While the subject matter is fairly serious, the main characters’ interaction with residents of the town is quite easy going. There is no sex, very mild violence, and minimal profanity. Because of the paranormal aspects of the book, it is one that is recommended for those who believe in those things, and not for regular mainstream readers. The book is touted as a Christmas novel, but frankly, there isn’t really much about Christmas, and more about psychics seeing, hearing, and interacting with spirits of the dead.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this novel.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
Eve - A Christmas Ghost Story: A Psychic Surveys Prequel (Volume 3)

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