Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/11/2017
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
A poltergeist haunts Taro, dogging his international travels. It washes glasses, puts dishes away, and even dusts. At least he hopes it’s a cleaning-obsessed poltergeist and not his own anxieties burbling over into neat freak fits he doesn’t remember. When his property manager suggests he call paranormal expert, Jack Montrose, Taro’s skeptical but desperate enough to try even a ghost hunter.
Jack’s arrival crushes Taro’s hopes of a dashing Van Helsing-style hero. Instead of an invincible hunter, he gets Ichabod Crane. As the paranormal puzzles multiply and Jack begins to suggest the entity might not be a ghostly one, Taro adds a budding friendship with Jack to his pile of anxieties. It’s a race to see whether Taro’s poltergeist or his relationship with the obviously-not-ace Jack will reach maximum strangeness first.
I really enjoyed this book, Angel Martinez writes consistently funny and involving books, Lime Gelatin and others Monsters is one of my all time favourite feel good reads.
The premise of this book was really good, Taro wins the lottery and sets about making one of his dreams come true – he wants to write a travelogue about different places in the world. However he seems to have picked up a poltergeist on his travels, one that tidies up after him, and so he hires a ghost hunter to get rid of it.
Taro on some levels is a self aware well developed character, he wants a relationship but he is frightened that his asexuality is too big a barrier for most men to take on. Jack is less well defined, he clearly views himself as unattractive, and has been made to feel so by a previous lover. As Taro and Jack travel together to find out the reason for the poltergeist it’s clear that they are both attracted to each other.
The poltergeist element of the book is entertaining, reading about the traps made to catch them, the carefully folded clothes and polished glasses; Taro (and his family) are attractive and funny characters, and Jack – while not as well developed has charm.
However where it felt a little flat for me was how Taro expressed his asexuality to Jack, it felt ‘educational’ as opposed to a man expressing his feelings about something which he feels may be a deal breaker to a potential relationship. And from then on the book seemed to fritter out.
The paranormal story was a hoot, but I wanted more depth in the relationship.
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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