My Rating: 3.5/5
Author: Krista D Ball
Title: Dark Whispers (Spirit Caller Series)
Background: “A rash of teen suicides shakes the remote Newfoundland village that Rachel Mills calls home. As Rachel helps the school investigate, painful memories from her past – events she’s worked very hard to forget – resurface and won’t go back into the grave where they belong.
As if she didn’t have enough problems with her personal life!
Her beloved 93-year-old neighbor falls ill. The man Rachel’s in love with moves into her house-along with his girlfriend, the most perfect woman in creation. And a strung-out wreck of a woman claiming to be Rachel’s biological mother shows up on her doorstep.
But it isn’t until a local boy with a talent for spell work is attacked by a mysterious stranger that Rachel asks the question she’s avoided her whole life: how powerful can a Spirit Caller like herself become?”
This is the second novella to the Spirit Caller Series. I did not read the first book, but received this copy to be reviewed by the author. For the 117 page story, the reader follows Rachel through her trials as a spirit caller and attacks not only on her but other characters of the story.
This novella is written in first person—through Rachel. She has the ability to talk to spirits but this ability does not function as it once did. Rachel is a complex character with a hard past. Many of these sufferings resurface.
Although a short read, the plot centers around Rachel dealing with her past, trying to cope with her biological mother showing up out of nowhere, teenage suicides, and unrequited love. The story—although part of an ongoing series—wraps up nicely but obviously not everything is fully solved. I consider it like watching a TV series and this novella could be one episode.
The Bottom Line:
The way the story was written reminded me of a transition from young adult to adult books. The contexts have young adult themes (such as paranormal)/length and some more adult themes (the grittier side – such as the suicides and violence.) The “voice” of the story sounded geared towards young adults in its manner (sometime sarcastic and a voice that “spoke” rather than “described.”) Overall, the book kept my interest and was read within one day. If you like paranormal and a fast read you might enjoy this book.