Wendy reviews ‘Still Waters’ (Memoirs of the Human Wraiths Book 3) by F. E. Feeley Jr. Publilshed by Dreamspinner Press March 30, 2015, 222 pages.
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 after Adam dies, 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 copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Why I read this book: One of my favorite holidays is coming up and we are celebrating it at RGR by reviewing books that fall into the Halloween theme. This book fits the bill perfectly.
I will start by saying that I don’t usually read stories that have a mystery or murder to be solved. It’s just not my favorite trope, but when you add in a dash of paranormal… well, then you just piqued my interest. I was drawn into this story right away by the MC Brett, who still returns to his home town to visit the family of his dead fiance Adam, every year on the anniversary of his death. Total angst moment in the best way. Really pulled at my heartstrings. Brett has quickly become on of my favorite characters ever! You have all probably become familiar (if you follow my reviews), with how much I love a broken MC. Brett just can’t seem to move on from his lovers death, they made promises to each other and one of those promises was that they would be married the year this story takes place. So that made this visit extra bittersweet. On top of that his parents have abandoned him. They are more interested in appearances than family and can’t present the picture that they are going for with a son that’s gay. But that’s ok with Brett because he has Adam’s family. The love that Adam’s family has for Brett was so wonderful. Their connection together really made the story! Then you add in the murders that suddenly start to happen, the fact that Brett is affected by each of them (I won’t say more, but it’s an important piece of the puzzle) and throw in a handsome FBI agent that can’t help but feel something for Brett and things really start to heat up.
Jeff is a character that makes you feel for him the minute you read him. He’s devoted himself to his job as an FBI agent and just doesn’t have the time or desire to try and build a relationship with someone who won’t understand the odd hours and demands of the job. That is until he meets Brett. There isn’t insta love in this story, but there is insta attraction and the love is soon to follow. Jeff and Brett are perfect for each other except for one thing… Adam.
So… Adam. It’s necessary I think to include him as one of the MCs instead of calling him a secondary character. He’s integral to the way the entire book plays out and I won’t say too much about him except that he broke my heart every scene he was in and it’s the first time I ever saw a ghost get a HEA. I was not expecting it. At. All.
This was a VERY well written book and I’m so glad that I’ve now discovered F.E. Feeley Jr., he’s someone that I’m going to be happily stalking *cough* I mean following from now on. I’m going directly after this review to buy the other books in this series so be looking for more from me on this series. Have a happy and safe Halloween and remember to look a little harder into those shadows. 😉