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287 pages, Paperback
First published January 30, 2001
"You can't tell me you've liked being trapped in this room for a hundred and fifty years."
"It hasn't been all bad," he said, with a smile. "Things have picked up recently."
Jesse has those kind of eyes some guys have, the kind of sad eyes that make you think you might want to try and make them not so sad.
"Now that," he said, putting his hands down, "was your finest performance yet. You seemed caring, yet disgusted."
I glared at him. "Don't you," I asked, grumpily, "have some chains you're supposed to be rattling somewhere?"
"A mediator is someone who helps others resolve conflicts. Not someone, who, er, kicks them in the face."
I smiled at him. "I'll keep that in mind," I said.
And I would, too. Right after I kicked Red's butt.
Whoever he was.
I could give a seminar on five easy ways to kick a ghost's butt and not mess up your hair.Second volume! I managed to forget the plot of this book entirely, for some reason? Which is weird because it's actually quite distinct where its ghosts and mystery are concerned. In this volume, Suze is visited by a distraught spirit begging her to tell "Red" that he didn't kill her. With this limited information, Suze undertakes some amateur sleuthing, which leads her to Thaddeus "Red" Beaumont, one of Salinas County's foremost real estate developers . . . and self-professed vampire. Oh, and she just so happens to be kinda-sorta-dating his son, Tad.
But I really hate it when I cry. I'd much rather bleed or throw up or something.As for Suze and Jesse, their relationship makes nice strides in this second novel. The attraction between them is definitely apparent: Suze begins to joke about other romantic interests not comparing to him (still in a very offhand, tongue-in-cheek manner), and Jesse displays the first indication of romantic attachment via jealousy disguised as prim, brotherly concern (something we'll see a whole hell of a lot more of in Haunted).
Jesse has those kind of eyes some guys have, the kind of sad eyes that make you think you might want to try and make them not so sad. That's why I have to make a point of being so mean to him. I'm pretty sure there's a rule against that. I mean, in Father Dom's mediation guidelines. About mediators and ghosts getting together, and trying to, um, cheer each other up. If you know what I mean.Suze won't reach a point of unrequited yearning until book four, roughly, which aligns well with the timeline of their friendship, too. I still really enjoy the development and pacing of their interactions. It helps that Suze always has such serious shit going on--she's always doing something that doesn't involve Jesse at all, usually. He pretty much just pops up to give some ghost-advice or to lend a hand during a major conflict.