Ghost of Truth | Alice Winters

Hiro
When I first realized that I could see the dead, I never imagined that it would allow me to help save the lives of others and pull me into Detective Maddox Booker’s path. Through my ability, ghosts have become some of my greatest friends and allies.

But now, someone’s dead and his ghost is gone. Ghosts have sought my help for my entire life, wanting to be heard, but something is keeping them quiet, almost hostile as our search for the ghost of the dead man leads us to a small village. Even though everything looks normal on the outside, I’m starting to wonder what’s happening on the inside.

Maddox
Life is better than it’s ever been. Hiro’s by my side and has brought my best friend Reggie back into my life—if we can consider Reggie’s harassment (even as a ghost) a positive. And even Hiro’s horde of ghosts won’t keep me from asking him to move in with me. The only issue is that work is never quiet, especially when Hiro is able to dive into a whole new side of a case by speaking to the victims of the dead.

But when someone takes Hiro from me in the middle of the night, I know that I will do absolutely anything to get him back, and I will make them pay for what they’ve done.

Ghost of Truth is full of action, mystery, humor, and romance. Though more is planned for this couple, the mystery is solved and there is a happy ending. 

How was it?

Where Ghost of Lies leads with the jokes, the second entry of the Medium Trouble series is big on the mystery. The jokes, the banter are very much present but this entry seems more serious than the first. The jigsaw puzzle pieces that makes up this mystery are like an optical illusion when put together, because it offers up a couple of interpretations that makes it – at first – hard to figure out who the victims are. So this story will probably keep you guessing with its many twists and turns, which makes it slightly harder to solve than the first one.

But as highly as I might rate this book, I was so annoyed with Hiro. I mean he does a bunch of nonsensical sh!t that I could only forgive in the first entry of a series, when the main characers are just getting to know one another. It’s a level of lack of communication that will make me drop this series if that behavior continues. And no amount of “he has trust issues” would make me think that this is acceptable behavior. Just to name a few examples, withholding critical information and I do mean critical, blindly going into dangerous situation alone when he didn’t have to. One of these alone is one stupid decision too many for me but book one gardnered enough goodwill to tolerate it – a bit – but it wasn’t easy.

And yet, I like how Hiro’s powers are evolving. I would very must like to see him master them and then use them well in an investigation. Because despite how long he’s had these abilities he’s still figuring them out, which is kind of odd but like he says something might have recently changed. I love the many things his abilities allow him to do, yet they also make him increasingly more vulnerable, which is why his tendency of not sharing info is poor self-preservation and serve only to piss off readers like me.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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