You can take the boy out of the darkness.
But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.
All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.
What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?
If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.
From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?
The main problem with this book is that neither the writing nor the characters has matured – while Suze is now in her mid twenties, the narration still feels like that of a teenager using extremely colloquial style. Maybe Cabot’s flippant tone just doesn’t work for me anymore.
But I read this with a sense of nostalgia – how many times haven’t we wished to encounter our childhood faves as adults and see what and how they’re doing now?
It was a fast and fairly fun read – Suze is as flippant as ever, Jesse is as gorgeous and wholesome, and we encounter most of the familiar characters from the previous books, like old school nemesis and extended family.
The case that Suze tackles is slightly more serious, involving abused children, while her ex-mediator-colleague from school, Paul, adds a dose of sleaze that made me want to scrub myself in the shower. Despite these more serious additions, the tone still remains fairly light hearted, although our MC ends up making some rather serious life decisions in this novel.
All in all, fans of the series will get a kick out of this instalment, but I wouldn’t recommend to new readers.
ARC received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.