Author: Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, and B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/19/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Gothika: Volume Four
Seeing dead people. Haunting and being haunted. Ghosts and those trying to deal with them add a supernatural flair to these four tales of romance.
In Among the Dead, Neil Gaven sees dead people. A gentle ghost guides him to Trist, who needs his help. But Trist is tormented by spirits, so maybe together they can find a way to live among the dead.
Dei Ex Machina is the story of Sabbio, a Roman slave who was killed 1700 years ago. He’s been alone until he meets landscaper Mason. But because they’re separated by centuries, it will take a miracle to make love work.
The Mill brings a supernatural challenge to Frank Carter and his team of paranormal investigators. The owner’s personal psychic, Toby Reese, is supposed to help. Frank doesn’t have much respect for psychics, but when the dangers of the old mill threaten his team, he realizes he and Toby will have to work together to survive.
Mike Ellsworth finds himself suddenly deceased. Now he’s a ghost with lots left undone in Unfinished Business. He’s never been able to be honest with his wife. He’s never been able to tell the man he loves how he feels. He’s barely been able to admit he’s gay. If only there were a way he could make up for all he’s failed to do….
This is the fourth of the Gothika anthologies, and four highly talented authors tackle tales of spirits. Here we find ghosts looking for revenge, for an end to loneliness, for love, and to set matters to rights.
The Mill by Jamie Fessenden, has an appropriately ghostly setting: an old mill, once the site of a horrific fire that claimed many lives and reputed to be haunted.
Frank Carter, leader of a team of paranormal investigators, has been hired to investigate the haunted mill. Carter and his team are all about the scientific method as far as ghost hunting goes. They’re certainly not happy to be lumbered with a psychic, Toby Reese, courtesy of their employer.
Frank and Toby are opposites, and yet it is very apparent their differences are far from insurmountable. Part ghost story and part romance, there’s a very nice unfolding of a back story regarding what actually caused the fire, and why the ghosts are still trapped.
The verses of an old ballad about the burning of the mill that begin each chapter are a great touch, as are the historic notes at the end.
This is a very enjoyable read, with a suitably spooky setting, ghostly activity, a bit of a mystery, and likeable characters.
Dei Ex Machina by Kim Fielding is a gorgeous read. Sappio, a former Roman slave, haunts a tiny part of the world, lonely and unnoticed. Mason, deep in mourning for his husband has been dragged overseas on holiday by his well-intentioned friends and family. In Croatia, far from home, chance brings him into contact with Sappio, and gives Sappio a brief taste of happiness. Sappio is such a gentle character, he wants, and asks for so little, while Mason is so sad and deserves to be happy again. Do they get what they need? And if so, how do they manage it? I’m not telling, but it’s a great story.
In Among the Dead by Eli Easton. Neil Gaven measures his life as BC (before concussion) and AC (after concussion). A windsurfing accident has left Neil with an unwanted gift: he can indeed see dead people.
Neil leads a lonely, hermetic existence, working from home, hating to venture out, and hating seeing the dead people around him. He’s tried shrinks, various cures, he’s even tried helping the ghosts, nothing has worked for him.
One ghost, Edward, is different to others Neil encounters. Edward sends Neil to help someone who desperately needs him: Trist. I loved the two main characters, Neil and Trist, especially together. I also enjoyed Neil’s disastrous attempt to help a deceased old lady, it was priceless. And I thought the ending was great. All in all a wonderful story.
Unfinished Business by B.G. Thomas. There’s definitely quite a bit of unfinished business to be dealt with in this story. Mike Ellsworth finds himself trying to sort out his life, once he’d dead. It’s no easy task, there’s been a lot left undone and unsaid. I must admit I had a hard time warming to Mike, for example he causes the accident that kills him by texting and sailing through a red light. He also leaves behind a lover and a wife. So, yes, Mike does have quite a bit of unfinished business to get through. I did find I enjoyed this story more as it progressed.
Overall, this quality anthology was another win for the Gothika series.
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