Book #38: The Spookshow by Tim McGregor

Life used to be normal for Billie Culpepper. Drab even. That all that changed after an accident left her in a coma for three days. That’s when the spookshow really began, when Billie realized that she could see the dead.

And the dead could see her.

Now, they won’t leave her alone.

Accompanying two friends through a haunted house, Billie uncovers a terrible secret that brings, not only the police, but the homicide detective responsible for putting her into the hospital in the first place. He’s also the one man she sworn to stay away from.

I found this book either from one of those free book deals or just random looking around on Amazon. That said, I decided to get the audio book update to try and lessen the Kindle book load.

The first thing I want to say about the audio version is that the narrator isn’t the greatest. She sounds young. Billie is supposed to be in her twenties, but the narrator makes her sound like she’s still in high school. It clouded my image of Billie, her friends, and the male homicide detective.

The writing isn’t bad. The story itself is fairly easy to figure out. There isn’t a strong villain, but there does seem to be an underlying mystery that will span the course of the series. Even though this book is technically the first book in the series, I wouldn’t suggest reading this one first. I made that mistake.

Book two is actually the story of how Billie became attatched to the spirit world. I don’t know what else goes on in that book, but I have a feeling there is more about the main mystery that is hinted in the end of book one. Because I decided to read book one first, I actually didn’t feel connected to Billie or the characters and felt I was missing something. It was like reading a later book in the series.

Read book two first . . . from what I’ve read by other reviewers.

The characters were so/so. I didn’t feel attatched to any of them. Billie seemed interesting. She has a strength in the spiritworld and doesn’t seem to have too many insecurities. In fact, the only one has to do with the detective.

All in all, it was an okay story. Not sure if I’m grabbed to the point of reading more, but it isn’t bad.

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