|A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde|
Sarah Wynde studied English in college, and that definitely comes through in the technical aspects of her work. More than being technically good, this book was also very imaginative and had a ton of soul. The beginning of this book does start off a little bit rocky, with the character Akira having an internal dialogue that can be a bit confusing until you get past the first few scenes. Once you get past the first chapter though, this book is astoundingly good. To sum it up without spoiling it too much, a skeptical academic named Akira is offered a mysterious job in the fictional town of Tassamara, Florida. Despite having a special paranormal gift Akira is skeptical of the company that hires her and even more so of all the rest of the mysterious residents of Tassamara. With an eccentric cast of ghosts, telepaths, and scientists, this book is a great for nerdy readers who were fans of the SciFi channel show "Eureka". I should also warn you that there are a few steamy romance scenes that are probably not suitable for younger audiences, but I found them to be very tasteful and not smutty or obscene in the least.
I was absolutely blown away by the creative writing of this story. I found the plot to be extremely well written and the dialogue was supremely natural and fluid. I found myself getting emotionally invested in the characters and wished the book was longer so I could have more time in their world. This is also the book's biggest shortcoming. It is so rich and engrossing that it is simply too short to be entirely satisfactory. I understand the writer's preference to write shorter stories, but I think Wynde could really excel with a longer novel.
Bottom line: If you want to get lost for a few hours in a mystical yet modern fantasy world, go ahead and read this book.