Son of a witch.
Family drama is bad enough without adding magic and human sacrifice. Ten years ago, Paxton Locke's mother killed his father in a mysterious ritual that - thankfully - went incomplete. Now, Paxton makes his living as a roving paranormal investigator, banishing spirits while Mother languishes in jail.
When a terrified ghost warns him of a dangerous, newly freed entity, Paxton faces a fight far beyond simple exorcism. In a battle for his very soul, will he be able to endure - or simply fade away?
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.You really can't choose your family.
"What's big and bad enough to scare a ghost?"
Paxton Locke can speak to ghosts. He's not an exorcist; he just talks to them and tells them like it is. And they go away. Not always comfortable but straightforward. Then the ghost of a boy who goes unexpectedly peacefully suddenly my terrifies him.
Paxton is alone in the world, no family unless his murderous mother held in prison counts. Paxton would have prefered that she'd received the death penalty. He does have a handful of good friends he rarely sees but, basically he prefers to stay out of the limelight. He still recalls the vicious killing of his father some years before when he was still a boy and which he had been too late to prevent and he, himself, so nearly died.
Although humour is inherent in the text, Paxton is not the usual slick talking, paranormal detective. Instead he is more introspective. Well written with vibrant visual effect, good characterisation and dialogue, and full of action, the story is told mostly in the first person present so the reader is there with Paxton throughout his experiences. And silken voiced Scott Bennett is the ghost despatching young man perfectly capturing his thoughts and terrors, never over acting and giving voice clearly to all other protagonists.
This is a great listen Despite the weirdness of so much of the action, it still feels real somehow, the impossible made plausible. My thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me my copy of this excellent book, via Audiobook Boom. It is one I'd recommend to anyone for a light, enjoyable read, even to those who would normally avoid the paranormal so nicely is it written and performed. I greatly look forward to more in this series.
- Norma Miles