Rated 3.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Putting the dead to rest is a task that can take up all your life. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
  • Words: 58,160
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781458097651
About Anthony Schmitz

Anthony Schmitz is a boat builder who lives in St. Paul, MN. His previous novels are Darkest Desire: The Wolf's Own Tale (Ecco) and Lost Souls (Random House/Available Press).

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Virginia Hatfield reviewed on March 2, 2012
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I'm really not sure what I think of this book. For starters I really didnt like any of the characters, except for maybe the cranky neighbor. He seemed to be the only character that wasnt wishy washy, wasnt needy and came across as being true to himself. Hennessey just oozed smarminess - gag- so much so that by the end of the book I really could not stand him. AND last but not least I had a hard time with Clarissa. She was 2 years old when she died but narrated the book like a well educated, hoighty-toighty, old man. All I could picture was a 2 year old wearing a smoking jacket and carrying around a pipe. While I wouldnt say this book was a total waste of time, I'm also glad I didnt pay for it.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Kathryn Merkel reviewed on Nov. 9, 2011

I have very mixed feelings about this book. Because I read it as an ebook, I did not have the cover or blurb to refer to when I started the book & I was a several chapters in before I figured out who was telling the story. Even then, I didn't really understand a lot of the nuisances of what I was reading, because the narrator was only an observer of the story being told, not one of the main characters & so there was little explanation of her viewpoint. It was only as I finished the first third of the book, that the identity of the narrator was fully realized & I found it a bit jarring to learn that she had died at 2 years of age. The living characters were all well written & their motivations clearly defined, but I just can't reconcile the observations of the narrator with those of a normal 2 year old child. Never before, have I read about a ghost of a child maturing, like Clarissa would have had to do, in order to become the voice used by Mr. Schmitz to tell his story. This aspect of the book left me unable to fully appreciate an otherwise well told tale.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Ashley Eisen reviewed on Oct. 28, 2011

I found this book interesting. It brought up interesting ideas about the afterlife and a persons purpose after they are dead. I found this book interesting, and overall I enjoyed it.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Paul Shambroom reviewed on July 6, 2011

This is a great read that unfolds at just the right pace. The ingenious plot structure makes us privy to voices and thoughts from both sides of the great divide. The characters are drawn with humor and respect, especially Hennessy the clairvoyant. He is the glue between the various plot lines. Does he have paranormal abilities, or is he simply one of those rare people who know our feelings and desires better than we do? The author's fine eye for settings and details, and his ear for dialog and understanding of the human heart enable him to work in broad themes without being bombastic. Life, death, loss, hope, regret- all served up in a compelling story line with characters we feel we've always known.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
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