Oh my what we have here is a genuinely scary ghost story! A genuinely scary ghost story with great characters and written by Rhys Ford!! Rhys Ford is visiting Prism today with Part 2 of her Hellsinger Investigations blog-fic.
Title: Duck Duck Ghost
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reece Notley
Beverley’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Leisa’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Sequel to Fish and Ghosts
Hellsinger: Book Two
Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.
Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.
With Wolf’s sister handling Hoxne Grange’s spectral visitors, Tristan finds himself in the unique position of being able to leave home for the first time in forever, but Wolf’s roughshod treatment is the least of his worries. Tristan’s ad-hoc portal for passing spirits seems to be getting fewer and fewer guests, and despite his concern he’s broken his home, Tristan agrees to help Wolf’s cousin, Sey, kick her poltergeist to the proverbial curb.
San Luis Obispo brings its own bushel of troubles. Tristan’s ghost whispering skill is challenged not only by a terrorizing haunting but also by Wolf’s skeptical older cousin, Cin. Bookended by a pair of aggressive Kincaids, Tristan soon finds himself in a spectral battle that threatens not only his sanity but also his relationship with Wolf, the first man he’s ever loved.
Duck Duck Ghost is a very memorable title, but I never did discover why it was called that. This story is the sequel to Fish and Ghosts, which I enjoyed very much. However, I think I enjoyed this sequel even more because the author doesn’t really have to introduce the characters again in such detail, and so we can go straight into the story and what a beginning…my lips are sealed. Having said that this book is indeed a sequel it could be read as a stand alone without too much confusion.
As well as the now well-loved Wolf Kincaid and Tristan Pryce, we meet Cin, Wolf’s Hellsinger cousin, Sey another cousin not in the ghost business, and the hysterical totally batty Aunt Gildy who comes from the less honest side of the Kincaid family. Put all these strong characters in a house haunted by a really scary ghost, an army of terrifying dolls and you get a rollocking good read.
One of the aspects of Rhys Ford’s writing that I most enjoy is her adventurous use of language, where else will you read the phrase ‘were-ungulate’! Her descriptions are varied and vital drawing you into the story, the character’s feelings, sex scenes and the frenetic spooky climaxes in equal measure.
From the ectoplasm scattered about the room like the aftermath of an elephant sneeze…
I loved this phrase as the reader can immediately visualise what Rhys is describing and yuk. Having said that the story is a great read, a warning… This author’s skill with vivid description means some of this ghost story should not be read in bed at night when you are in the house alone for a week, as I did!
On top of a great story with sizzling sex scenes, soul searching , ghost hunting and the reaffirming of love and relationship status for our heroes, the ending is a cliffhanger and leaves the way open for the next chapter in the Hellsinger saga. Which promises to be full of personal drama for Wolf and Tristan and I cannot wait.
I just love Rhys Ford – There … I’ve said it! I know this sounds all “fan girl,” but it’s impossible not to be a fan of a writer who is this remarkably talented. What is so amazing about her writing is that her work is never formulaic, she writes stories in very different series, and she always seems to nail the perfect style, tone, and voice of the story and characters of each of her books. Not one who usually reads stories with ghosts (or elves, for that matter, but that’s a story for another day …), I honestly read Fish and Ghosts simply because Rhys Ford wrote it. I figured, “Hey … it can’t be too bad if she wrote it.” Well, Fish and Ghosts is awesome, and I fell in love with a new Rhys Ford series …
Duck Duck Ghost (which gets my vote for best title of the year!), is the continuation of Wolf and Tristan’s story, who we met in Fish and Ghosts. Their relationship is still fairly new, and Wolf has recently been a jerk to Tristan, seriously hurt his feelings, and they are now in their respective separate corners. Wolf soon realizes what (and who) he has to lose if he lets his relationship with Tristan slip through his fingers by being an ass, and goes to try to fix what he has broken with Tristan. He convinces Tristan to accompany him on an adventure to help a cousin deal with a ghost who is causing serious problems.
The paranormal aspects of Duck Duck Ghost are creepy and a bit forbidding – I don’t do scary stories, and this one gave me chills at times, but I simply could not put the book down. However, my favorite part of the story is the further development of Wolf and Tristan’s relationship. Wolf, a man who is indeed somewhat of an ass and who seems to mess up every good thing in his life, struggles to come to terms with his sudden and overwhelming emotional need and love for Tristan. His realization that Tristan has become Wolf’s home is powerful and lovely. And the sex scenes … Oh, the sex scenes! Few authors can pen a sex scene with as much raw emotion, and luscious naughtiness as Rhys Ford, and she creates a physical relationship between Wolf and Tristan that is both deliciously hot and loving.
I highly recommend Duck Duck Ghost – It’s quite frankly fantastic! But please read Fish and Ghosts first, to enjoy Wolf and Tristan’s meeting and the birth of their unconventional and loving relationship.
So, yes … I wear my Rhys Ford “fan girl” banner proudly. And if you’re not already a fan, you’ll be one too, after reading Duck Duck Ghost!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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