The Spirit Chaser
by Kat Mayor
November 13th 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance,
Some places are too evil. Some places should be left alone.
Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator. Although hard work, a talented investigation team, and favorable genetics have something to do with it, it’s his lack of fear and willingness to take risks no one else will that make Spirit Chaser Investigations cable’s number-one show. When a ghost-hunt-gone-wrong seriously injures his best friend and lead psychic, Austin is forced to find a replacement for a team member he considers irreplaceable.
Casey Lawson can’t catch a break. She’s been on her own since she turned eighteen and is scraping by as a part-time psychic and cashier at a New Age store. When a desperate Austin Cole calls her up and offers her a position on his team, has her fortune finally changed?
He’s a control freak; she’s stubborn and opinionated. It takes time, but when they finally realize they’re working on the same side, everything clicks, both on and off screen.
Just when things are looking up, a new threat emerges. Over the years, Austin has angered plenty of demons, and one of them has set her sights on him. Now he’s the one in danger, and it’s up to the team to rescue him from the riskiest investigation of their lives.
Catchy title and likable characters made this story a good read. The beginning chapters had me eagerly anticipating what was to follow and enjoying everything about the hook, except for perhaps the "getting to know who was who." I am going to give you potential readers out there a little index of characters so that it will take you less time to get familiar with their roles.
1. Austin - fearless leader of the company SCI (hmm..catchy)
2. Barrett - lead psychic with precognitive abilities
3. Thai - reads auras and sees shadow figures (plus mad fighting skills)
4. Garry - clairaudient (can hear paranormal sounds) and cameraman
5. Luis - former priest who expels malicious spirits and does exorcisms
6. Josie - tech specialist
7. Bob - Native American shaman
8. Casey - replacement psychic and mind reader. Can see and interact with spirits
Now the plot thickens...(I've always wanted to say that!). There were a few confusing side bars that really lead no where but you still are able to decipher the gist of the story. For a while I thought "What genre is this?" Urban Fantasy with a little mystery? A paranormal romance? A story with a heavy dose of spiritualism? A lesson in exorcism? A manual for "How to please a woman?" Lots of convoluted storylines to choose from so I guess I could just classify it as "A little something for everyone"!
I would love to get one of our other reviewer/authors take on this story since she does "ghost" hunting on her own. As a non-fiction this gave a lot of harrowing experiences, adequate romance (although pretty descriptive) and peer loyalty to make it a heartwarming (yet ghastly) story. The author did seem to do a lot of research for this book or has a great mind for "made up" detail!
Although there were times that I thought some of the wording was contradictory, it was easily assimilated with little distraction. All culminating in a rather surprising unorthodox ending. I didn't feel like this was a set up for sequels and I don't know if I would want to read further installments with different characters. One thing for sure...I will never entertain the idea of being on a paranormal investigating team! I will just wait for the books to come out!
This is one to put on your to read list.
I give this 4 "be a little more cautious" sheep
About the Author:
Kat Mayor is a native Texan, wife, and mom. In addition to The Spirit Chaser, she has written a young adult series, The Circle. She’s a full-time reader, part-time writer, and when she’s not kicking a story around in her head, she loves to read and review books on Goodreads.
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