Author: Laura Spinella
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Pages: 386 (Kindle)
My Rating: 6/10
Overview: Aubrey Ellis is a very talented writer for the Surrey City Press. She writes features on houses in the area which are on the market. However, Aubrey has another gift she keeps to herself; she can communicate with spirits of the deceased.
When a hot story falls right into her lap involving a murdered girl, Aubrey learns she may not be able to run from her gift forever.
What I loved: I find it very difficult to turn away a novel with a journalist as the protagonist. Combine this with the unique plot, and choosing Ghost Gifts was a no-brainer.
The story is certainly original and the author, Laura Spinella, does a great job providing detailed descriptions of characters and scenes throughout the book.
If you are looking for an easy read involving news, murder and the supernatural, you should check out Ghost Gifts today!
I received Ghost Gifts for FREE through Amazon's Kindle First Program.
What I didn't: Despite the original plot and Aubrey being a journalist reporting on a story, the novel fell flat for me.
Some paragraphs and chapters felt rushed and I often had to go back and re-read what I had just read to avoid continued confusion.
Also, there weren't always clear transitions from Aubrey speaking to real-life people and/or spirits she was communicating with. Again, I felt confusion during these sequences.
I think there should have been more background as to how Aubrey acquired her "gift" and more about how it had affected her throughout her life as well. We get a slight insight into her gift's effects on her, but I would have liked more information to truly know Aubrey as a character.
The romance aspect was a creative twist on the story, but it also felt rushed and I could have done without it.
I believe Ghost Gifts has great potential, but don't get your hopes up too high.