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Wide Open by Deborah Coates
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Mar 31, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ghosts, mystery
Read on March 31, 2012

Sergeant Hallie Michaels returns home from Afghanistan on a ten day leave to attend her sister Dell's funeral. This story revolves around Hallie's ability to see ghosts which only started recently in Afghanistan after Medic's need to work on her for seven minutes to bring her back to life. As the story unfolds Hallie is followed around by both Dell's ghost as well as he dead buddy from Afghanistan Eddie's ghost. It becomes obvious that Hallie can help these are ghosts in some way after which they leave her.
Hallie rejects the notion that Dell may have committed suicide and looks into what happened and why and along the way gathers more ghosts, and a helper with talents of his own in the person of deputy sheriff Boyd Davies who has dreams which, while hard to interpret, do come true.
Now in most stories you'd expect there to be an ordinary psycho killer but here there's magic which needs blood sacrifice for it's power. While people using blood sacrifice to gain power doesn't bother me as a literary device, but since this book seems set up for a follow up story it'll be interesting to see if another extraordinary or supernatural criminal is involved.

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