**spoiler alert** I don't really know what to say about this novel. I struggled to finish it, and then decided to skim the last 80 or so pages because**spoiler alert** I don't really know what to say about this novel. I struggled to finish it, and then decided to skim the last 80 or so pages because it felt like the book was just never going to end. I could see where the last bits were heading to, but it was very hard to care since reading anymore of it was a huge waste of time. The themes were so repetitive—death, dying, suicide, love, loss, ghosts—that the plot was stuck in that circle with nowhere really original to go to. I think there were just too many characters, too many subplots, too much mention of ghosts and lost loves and the whole mystery was terribly anti-climatic. After a while it was pretty obvious what happened: Lia killed herself to reunite with her dead mother and dead baby in the spirit world, and Ruby took the still alive baby to raise as her own. But honestly by the point when Ross and Meredith met, I was so over the whole ghost angle and the overblown love story between Ross and his two ghosts: Aimee and Lia. Also so over: how many times Ross mentioned wanting to die and how many times Shelby or Ethan mentioned how Ethan was going to die young.
This novel wasn't all bad though. Some aspects of the ghost story reminded me of a well-crafted Alice Hoffman novel, like Practical Magic, for example. But overall, I found the plot seriously lacking. I didn't love that so many characters were introduced so quickly as the novel opens, nor did I like all the little paragraph sections for all these different characters and plot points—it was almost like one thread of thought was never fully finished. Disappointed. Really wanted to like this. ...more