THIS IS A BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY.
*murmurs* now I know what Oasis meant…
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
From the Publisher
Jason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter.
Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful.
But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave.
I’m sorry. Say what?
Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride.
Spirit is my first encounter with this author and absolutely will not be the last. This book is funny, witty, charming as all get out, smart, sometimes sexy, definitely pulls on the heart strings, and contains substantial supernatural creepiness. I’m easily spooked and even I enjoyed this to the fullest. However, had I actually been in that house… unh uh, I would’ve been at the nearest Marriot with a quickness and pleading with a medium to do something. ANYTHING!
Strange things happen when Timmy arrives to stay with Uncle Jason. Timmy, the 4 yr old hurricane as I’ve affectionately dubbed him, is the star of this dope show. Timmy outwits his uncle, Jason, on more than one occasion and unabashedly hoodwinks his geriatric dog, Thumper. Timmy and Thumper are adorbs. Thumper steadfastly guards her new charge with everything she’s got left in her arthritic little body. At one point, she’s even sleeping on the table. What a centerpiece! I’m getting off track here. Apologies. So, Timmy comes to spend time with Uncle Jason while his mother and her douchebag boyfriend go on vacation. Jason lives in his sister’s former abode and upon Timmy’s arrival a spirit makes itself known in some bizarre ways. Timmy’s estranged Uncle Sam snort happens to arrive around the same time and may have an ulterior motive. But the important topic on deck is who is this spirit and why is he/she/it making itself known now? That is the question.
The adventure to find the answer was gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat. Spirit wrapped me around its little finger and that noose just kept getting tighter the further I got into it. There are several clues along the way about the spirit, what probably happened and who it may be, but it’s no less heartbreaking as the mystery unfolds. Well, maybe not heartbreaking so much as bittersweet. There are some decisions that get made regarding Timmy’s involvement in this adventure that gave me pause, but I honestly can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same.
Highly recommend Spirit. Some of the banter between these characters is comedy gold. There are zero editing issues. It’s just good. Really good.
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I would like to thank DSP for providing me with a review copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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