Author: F.E. Feeley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Memoirs of the Human Wraiths
Promise, Michigan is very much like every other small town across the state. Built on the edge of a lake, the homes sit in neat little rows in cute little neighborhoods. During the summer Promise bustles with tourists who come to spend their vacation dollars and enjoy the lake’s refreshingly cold water. But Promise holds a terrible secret. In the center of the lake is an abandoned island where a curse is rumored to wait for victims, unabated and deadly. Most think it’s just a story, something used to keep kids out of trouble. Still, everyone gives it a wide berth. Everyone except Bret and Adam. They dare to venture out the night of Bret’s birthday. When they declared their love and promise to get married, they believe no one else heard their whispered words—but they are wrong.
Five years later Adam dies, and Bret returns to his family to heal. But someone is killing the people of Promise in random acts of violence. Bret, with the help of FBI agent Jeff McAllister, must discover the identity of a murderer with death on his mind and revenge in his heart.
A promise is a promise. Bret Williams and Adam Woolsey love each other. They have a plan, and they look to the future together. But someone has other plans. Two seemingly different plotlines begin the story; one about a vengeful ghost and the other about a young man healing from a tragic loss in the bosom of a welcoming family.
FBI agent Jeff McAllister comes to Promise, Michigan, to look into a bizarre drowning, and gradually gets drawn into the culture of the town. As he gets to know the handsome, grieving Bret Williams, Agent McAllister becomes increasingly aware of the disturbing truth behind the picture-perfect facades of an idyllic lakeside community.
At the center of it all is Promise Island, sitting quietly in the middle of the lake, a place accursed or blessed, or possibly both. “Still Waters” is a ghost story, a love story, a tragedy, a murder mystery and a romance. It is about good families, bad families, good cops, bad cops, gay cops and good dogs. Feeley’s prose gets a little overwrought now and then, but his heart is so big and so full, it just drags you into the words.
He’s not quite at the fever pitch of TJ Klune’s “Into this River I Drown,” but he’s in that same ballpark. F.E. Feeley is a romantic soul; and that soul opens itself up to his readers in this third volume of the Memoirs of the Human Wraiths series. If you’re not a romantic, these books probably won’t grab you. But if you are…hold on to your hat. It’s been a while since his last book, and it’ll probably be a while until his next one. No problem; he’s a writer worth waiting for.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title 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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