Cemetery Tours

Cemetery Tours

by Jacqueline Smith

Cemetery Tours (Cemetery Tours, #1)

Some secrets are best kept laid to rest.

At least, that’s as far as Michael Sinclair is concerned. At twenty-seven, he has spent his entire life pretending that the ghosts he encounters on a daily basis do not exist. Now, if only the dead would let him rest in peace.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem likely, especially after Kate Avery and her ailing brother, Gavin, move in next door. Kate and Gavin are haunted, and not by a dearly departed loved one. This spirit is aggressive, menacing, and harboring a dark resentment toward Gavin. In spite of every instinct advising him to walk away, Michael finds himself seeking to uncover the mysteries of Gavin’s past and falling for the bright and lovely Kate. Yet competing for her affection is Luke Rainer, television’s hottest celebrity ghost hunter and the only (living) person to know Michael’s secret.

But the dead have secrets, too. Some will go to any length to withhold what should have gone with them to the grave, while others will risk everything to make their voices heard, even if that means putting another’s life at stake. Now, for the sake of friends and strangers alike, Michael must choose between preserving his cherished anonymity and lending his aid to those for whom all hope seems lost

Cemetery Tours is the second book an author asked me to review and I want to thank Jackie Smith for sending me a copy of her debut novel!  I decided to wait until October to read it because the storyline fits perfectly with this month’s spooky Halloween theme.

Michael has always had the ability to see and talk to ghosts, and it is a talent he diligently ignores.  That is until a brother and sister, Gavin and Kate, move in next door and bring a angry ghost with them.  Now, against his better judgment, Michael will do what he can to help Kate; even if that means he must put up with the handsome television star, Luke Rainer.  Cemetery Tours takes readers fun, ghost filled adventure through north-east Texas!

Cemetery Tours is a well written debut novel.  I enjoyed all of Jackie’s characters, which are all well developed and unique individuals.  I easily connected with Kate because of her strong and vivacious personality; my grandmother always says that Texas girls are strong!  I love how Jackie seamlessly incorporates modern cultural references throughout the story.  It makes the characters even more real; the type of people you could meet on the street or next door.  I also enjoy reading Jackie’s writing style.  We are both from similar areas of Texas and Jackie’s voice had me reminiscing about home!

I really don’t have any negative comments about Cemetery Tours.  I found the story moved a little too fast in the middle of the novel.  I was hoping the speed would have slowed down just a tad so that I could marinate in the details of the scenes.  This point made it difficult to really connect with Michael; he seemed a tad two dimensional during these scenes.  But otherwise, Cemetery Tours is a well written story!

It is fun, adventurous, and full of interesting ghosts.  Cemetery Tours is the perfect read for a cool October evening!  Pick it up, light a candle, and turn on your favorite ghost hunting TV show!  Has anyone else read Jackie Smith’s novels?

Lindsay

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