Wednesday, June 12, 2013

{yarn along} Relatively Dead

The first sock of this pair is almost done. I haven't picked it up in over a week. Partly because I haven't had much knitting time and partly because I am completely burnt out on ribbing. It's time to pull out the lace shawl again and pray that I took good enough notes to figure out where I left off.

I just finished reading Relatively Dead by Sheila Connelly and I didn't care for this one at all. It seems to be caught halfway between cozy mystery and paranormal romance....except there's no real mystery and not much of a romance. 

Here's the book's description from Amazon:

Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath—because the family has been dead for nearly a century. Another haunting episode follows, and another, until it seems to Abby that everything she touches is drawing her in, calling to her from the past.

Abby would doubt her sanity if it weren’t for Ned Newhall, the kind and knowledgeable guide on that disturbing house tour. Rather than telling her she’s hallucinating, Ned takes an interest in Abby’s strange encounters and encourages her to figure out what’s going on, starting with investigating the story of the family she saw . . . and exploring her own past.

But as Abby begins to piece together a history that’s as moving as it is shocking and unravels a long-ago mystery that nearly tore her family apart, she also begins to suspect that Ned’s got secrets of his own, and that his interest may be driven as much by a taste for romance as a love for history.

I love ghost stories, but the ghosts in this one didn't do anything but appear. Abby quit her job to relocate with her boyfriend, and he's always off watching sports or playing golf with his buddies. It seems like she jumps into researching the ghosts because she's got nothing else to do with her time. The ending was so abrupt that I almost wondered if something was missing from my review copy.

For more fun knitting projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times and Work in Progress Wednesdays at Tami's Amis.

My copy of Relatively Dead was provided by the publisher.

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