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AUDIOBOOK WEEK REVIEW: “Fish and Ghosts” by Rhys Ford

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Narrated by: Tristan James

When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family’s Gilded Age estate, Tristan Pryce knew he wasn’t going to have an easy time of it. He was to be the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. The ghosts were the simple part. He’d been seeing boo-wigglies since he was a child. No, the difficult part was his own family. Determined to establish Tristan’s insanity, his loving relatives hire Dr. Wolf Kincaid and his paranormal researchers, Hellsinger Investigations, to prove the Grange is not haunted.

Skeptic Wolf Kincaid has made it his life’s work to debunk the supernatural. After years of cons and fakes, he can’t wait to reveal the Grange’s ghostly activity is just badly leveled floorboards and a drafty old house. The Grange has more than a few surprises for him, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit and when his Hellsinger team unwittingly release a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he’d been sent to discredit.

REVIEW:

This was a new experience for me. It has come to my attention, that I am very much a visual person. I read in bed every night. No matter how hard I tried, I could not listen in bed. My eyes would drift, as well as my mind and suddenly, I had no idea what was happening. I also found it bothersome that I couldn’t always ‘read’ when I wanted to. My life is always spinning and listening to an audible required my complete focus. I mean, I could run the vacuum, fold laundry and blow dry my hair (yes, I have a too much hair) while I listened, but only when I was alone. Otherwise, I was pulled from the story so much, I had to rewind…again. I’ve never reread, or relistened as it was, so many times…ever.

I believe audiobooks, for me, are a work in progress. I’m not dismissing them, but I will tread cautiously and only start one when I know I have the hours to devote to it.

I found the narrator very easy to listen to…hence- the lulling to sleep…but he certainly did an exceptional job. I’ve read one other book by the lovely Rhys Ford and my conclusion was comparable. It was entertaining and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. Her style is quite flowery and bursting with descriptions. Many of my friends adore her, but I haven’t caught the fever….yet.

I’m a huge paranormal fan and I need more ghost tales under my belt. It was a smidge creepy but never bone-chilling frightening (and I scare easily!).
Wolf Kincaid is your classic alpha bad boy and Tristan is a recluse ‘gifted’ artist. Together they are a marvelous pair. Insta-hate transforms to insta-lust and finally morphs to insta-love. I had no qualms with this, I enjoyed the changing storms of their relationship. Wolf has been hired to prove once and for all that Tristan is crazy.His greedy relatives would love to boot him from the gorgeous Hoxne Grange estate and send him packing for the loony bin. To do so, they need Mister Kincaid to clear the manor of any paranormal activity. Much to his excitement, he cannot do this. The Grange is indeed haunted and when Wolf’s pair of assistant’s (also couple) have a wild lover’s quarrel on the property a psycho serial killer from the grave reeks havoc on the grounds.

Things move from freaky to freakier.

My biggest gripe would be, everything felt long, but the sex scenes were especially drawn-out. This can be a good thing or a bad thing…and I was smack in the middle. Wolf opens Tristan’s eyes to the wonders of sexual pleasure and at times it was tender and then it was nearly absurd. The morning after talk near the pond was…odd.

Wolf’s mother comes to save the day, and what a colorful character she was. They prepare to take down phantom hubby hacker. Things wrap up fairly quickly and I was pleased with the happy-go-lucky ending. As much as I was annoyed, I was equally tickled.

I believe Wolf and Tristan have many more spooky adventures to come, and I think I will hang around a little bit longer.

 

RATING: 3.5 STARS

BOOK INFO-

23215110Title: Fish and Ghosts (Hellsinger #1)
Author: Rhys Ford
Narrator: Tristan James
Length: 8 hrs 16 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Audible

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This entry was posted on February 24, 2015 by in PNR / UF / SF / DYS, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , , , .

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