Can you believe it’s 2014? And can you believe that I already have my first review done for the new year? It wasn’t hard finishing this book since I was hooked from the first page. And Julie Flanders has been kind enough to let me give two copies away. More details below.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s the synopsis:
Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.
By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.
Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.
She shakes her head.
For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.
Who is she? …
Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.
What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?
Hannah finds out.
But, it’s not at all what she expects…
Hannah unravels a century old murder.
Hannah is trying to write a book on New England lighthouses. But she has writer’s block. Not only that, her boyfriend is not supportive and to be blunt, he’s an ass. Hannah desperately wants to find a hook to get her creative juices flowing and to give her book the edge it needs.
One night, while watching one of the lighthouses webcams in the comfort of her Boston apartment, Hannah spies a woman dressed in old-fashioned clothes. She’s intrigued. Then on a different occasion the mysterious woman looks directly at the camera. Is she sending Hannah a message? Thus starts Hannah’s quest to find out more about the woman and the past.
The story pulled me in right away. I won’t lie, I stayed up late two nights in a row since I couldn’t put the book down. The author is familiar with the area and her descriptions made me miss New England. The novel jumps back in forth in time, but it’s done so well that the flow of the story never feels disconcerting. Each chapter revealed another layer and as I said the more I learned the harder it was to set it aside. I kept saying, “Just one more chapter and I’ll go to bed.”
All the characters, even the wicked ones, have depth. Even though I really hated one character in particular, I was happy to see that Flanders didn’t make him a cardboard cutout.
This novel has so many components that I love: history, a ghost, a love story, mystery, and character development. Flanders ties them all together seamlessly. This is the first book that I’ve read my Flanders. Now I need to track down a copy of her other novel, Polar Night.
Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found playing with her pets, reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. The Ghosts of Aquinnah is Julie’s second novel. Her debut novel Polar Night was released in February, 2013 by Ink Smith Publishing.
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And now for the Giveaway!
If you would like to win an ebook copy of The Ghosts of Aquinnah just leave me a comment below letting me know if you would prefer an epub, mobi, or PDF file. The winners will be selected randomly on Monday the 13th. Best of luck!