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Ghost Layer

(Ghost Seer #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  656 ratings  ·  82 reviews
What lies beneath…

Clare Cermak’s adjusting to a new man in her life—and a lot of ghosts. The passing of Clare’s aunt gave way to a sizeable inheritance of not only money, but also the ability to communicate with the dead. At the same time, she met Zach Slade, a private detective with a rough past, and just like Clare, he’s not yet ready to accept her gift—or his own.

But Cl
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Berkley
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

I know it’s only September, but I am beyond confident when I say that GHOST LAYER was my least favourite novel of 2014, and here’s why. Clare is an incredibly dense heroine; she doesn’t learn from her mistakes, and consistently made really poor judgement calls throughout this book. The author also used a ridiculous amount of caps to basically point out key elements to readers which I found beyond insulting. The romantic elements didn’t jive at all either. The mystery its
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
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I went into this sequel with the attitude that while I wasn't blown away by the first book, I still saw plenty of good stuff to want to continue the series. After shutting the last page on the book, I'm left with an odd feeling. In a nutshell, I was dissatisfied that both separately and together, Claire and Zach didn't grow- in fact, they regressed and then had to move forward again. It felt like deja vu reading this story because in many ways it was a copy of the first book when it comes to cer ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ghost Layer  picks up a few weeks after  Ghost Seer  ended. Clare has one case under her belt, and Zack Slade, retired cop turned private detective has just returned to Denver after testifying in a case back in his old stomping grounds of Montana. His new boss has a job for Clare involving a very wealthy snot of a man who relocated an entire western town to his ranch and is now being haunted by a ghost. While it is great for creating an authentic atmosphere, the fact that the ghost is leaving pa ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3.5 stars.

I'd forgotten most of the previous book, but I'm glad I've picked this series up again. It turns out that the series has the same H/h throughout and it deals with the development and acceptance of their psychic gifts and their relationship.

The tone and plot of this book reminds me of JAK's Arcane series, but dealing with ghosts instead. It was a nice and enjoyable read. Will be interesting to see how it grows from here.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
These are good books with interesting plots. The two main characters are working through their pasts and presents to make their relationship work but not in a way that frustrates the reader, at least not me. They're both in denial of their "gifts" but at the same time they use them when they have to and are coming to grips with the woo woo stuff. I'll keep going.
Lyndi W.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I may have given this four stars, because I do enjoy the plot and the characters. But it's just soooo slooooow. I skimmed and it still took me four hours of nonstop reading to finish. And I can't really figure out what it is that should be cut to shorten things - there isn't a lot of extraneous information. I think the only thing to cut out is Clare and Zach's mental aerobics over accepting or not accepting their gifts. I spent half of the last book going through that nonsense - it's time to bel ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, fantasy, romantical
Basic Plot: Clare is on another case, this time to lay to rest a murdered man's ghost who's been haunting a local millionaire's recently-purchased ghost town.

This book has one of the most unfortunate titles *ever*. Seriously a bad choice. Yes, it's explained, but I was embarrassed by the mere thought of someone else seeing the title if I read it in public. Even if I know from reading the book that a ghost layer is a person who lays ghosts to rest, it still sounds excessively naughty, and kind of
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ghost Seer #2
Clare can see ghosts and she helps them in to the beyond. Her boyfriend Zach's boss arranges a very well paying job for her. The ghost of a prospector is wreaking havoc. J. Dawson Hidgepath has followed the town of Curly Wolf which was moved by Dennis Laurentine, a rich jerk. Hidgepath has been leaving his bones in the beds of ladies in Laurentine's home. The first two times it happened they re-interred them. But now Laurentine is getting angry. He wants the ghost and his bones gone
Dessislava (Dessi)
Apr 10, 2014 marked it as to-read
I have not yet read the first book of the series, but it bothers me that in this books blurb it mentions about the cops 'gift'.

For someone that loves books, I have a tendancy to read every blurb I find in no particular order, and this can be risky with there being a probability of a 'plot unveiling' with just that paragraph long blurb.

I feel like authors, editors or whoever writes the blurbs should be very careful not to give away such a 'plot twister' from a previous book.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, nook
Good read. This one has her traveling to the dude ranch of a rich, famous guy to exorcise the ghost that came along with the ghost town the rich guy bought and had transported to his ranch. The ghost wouldn't be so bad, but he keeps leaving various bits of his bones around as gifts for the pretty ladies. This means solving the mystery of what actually happened to him. interesting and fun read. I liked it a whole lot.
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
DNF around 25%

Either the writing was more stilted in Ghost Seer than I remember from the first book or I just noticed it more this time around, but I ended up giving up on this one. Claire and Zach both fell flat for me and their romance was not sexy at all. The only high point was Enzo, the ghost dog.
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This joint review was originally published at The Book Pushers

E: I first discovered Owens through her Heart Mate series several years ago and was touched not just by her storytelling ability but with the lyrical nature of her words. As a result I have followed her to this her fourth series. We reviewed Ghost Seer, the first installment of this series earlier this year and thought it was a solid opening to a new world. As a result I eagerly requested a copy of Ghost Layer when it became available
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Lynda Koenig
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't entirely like the characters/world mechanics, but I'm interested enough that I want top know what happens... I'll still probably pick up the next book when it's available through my library...

One of my biggest gripes was that it felt like it picked up too soon: barely a week after the first book ended, so there was no offstage growth, and things started happening in this book so fast that there felt like there was still no time for the main character to learn anything about her gift... C
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A blend of mystery, suspense, developing relationship and trying to accept one's gifts that are inherently in their blood. This series can be a little slow but I think the books down the line may get better and better as Claire discovers more about the gift that opens her up to another world. Like a ball rolling down a hill, that is what I think of for this series.
This is getting better and better! I do love the old West history and I'm glad the author details what is factual and what she made up. I'm enjoying getting to know more of the characters and her niece sounds like a real pistol.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Better. But I can wait for the others
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Blogger Girls.

This is a difficult one for me to review because there were parts I enjoyed and then there were parts that were hard for me to get through.

Ghost Layer is about Clare accepting a case from Zach’s boss, Tony Rickman. In this case, Clare was hired by a multimillionaire who relocated a ghost town to the mountains and is now having the issue of bones mysteriously being left in beds at his house. Clare is tasked with finding the ghost and laying him to res
Aurian Booklover
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked the story in the first book a lot, but the main characters not so much. I am happy to say that in this book I really did like both Clare and Zach. Clare has accepted her gift of seeing ghosts and her duty to help them cross over. Lay to rest. Zach has helped her with her first case, and I did not really like him back then. But he has improved, he is slowly accepting his own psychic gift although he really doesn’t want it, due to bad memories connected to his gift.

Zach is working as a pri
Anne - Books of My Heart
Review at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Ghost Layer is the second book in the Ghost Seer urban fantasy series by Robin D. Owens. I loved the first book, which Julie and I reviewed

I have to tell you a funny story about it. I got a package from UPS in May and wasn’t sure what it was. I hadn’t ordered or requested anything. I opened it and it was an ARC of Ghost Layer. I screamed with joy and danced around. I’m su
Debbie Lester
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ghost Layer is the second book in Robin D. Owens', Ghost Seer series. Readers who are looking for a book that has paranormal, romance and a good mystery will love this series. Both the hero and the heroine have psychic gifts, but they aren't the average couple, nor are their abilities. The Old West ghosts bring a historical element to the story as well. This one has everything from mysterious moving bones to a ghost dog named Enzo. It's a real treat for readers looking for something different.

Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

--Actual rating 3.5 Skulls

This is the second book in the Ghost Seer series that features a young woman who inherits the ability to see ghosts but is having a hard time coming to terms with all that's happening in her life. When Clare's great aunt died and the "gift" passed to Clare she also inherited wealth and a very unusual canine companion! Enzo is a ghostly Labrador whose purpose is to
Marta Cox
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Ghost Seer series that features a young woman who inherits the ability to see ghosts but is having a hard time coming to terms with all that's happening in her life. When Clare's great aunt died and the "gift" passed to Clare she also inherited wealth and a very unusual canine companion! Enzo is a ghostly Labrador whose purpose is to guide Claire with her unusual ability. Still reeling from all the changes in her life Claire has discovered that it's only the ghosts ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marianthi

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Marianthi

Book two is the continuation of Zach Slade and Claire Cermak’s story. Zach, a disabled ex-police officer, and Claire, an ex-forensic accountant both are coming to grips with their newly found/acknowledged psychic gifts. Claire’s gift (from her gypsy lineage) is the ability to see and help ghosts from only a specific time period. Her time period happens to be the Old West circa 1850 to 1900. Claire has no opportunity
Barb Lie
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens is the 2nd book in her Ghost Seer series. If you have not read my review of Ghost Seer, I will give you a brief description of this series. Clare Cermak is our heroine, and she is a straitlaced accountant, until her aunt dies and she inherits her estate, as well as the ability the see ghosts. Seeing ghosts is something Clare has trouble accepting until she knows if she doesn’t open up to this, she will go mad and die. She meets our hero Zach Slade, a former cop, wh ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Romance and murder in the old West.

Opening Sentence: “Zach Slade’s new cane had been delivered when he was gone.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Clare and Zach are back in the second book of the Ghost Seer series. Clare is visited by the ghost of J. Dawson Hidgepath and he claims that he was murdered and he needs the truth in order to move on. J. Dawson was a prospector who had supposedly fell to his death. However, he informs Clare that he was pushe
Jani Brooks
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Colorado – Present Day

Still trying to wrap her head around her new role in life, ghost seer (she can see ghosts, although only of a certain period in the 1800s), Clare Cermak is also coming to grips with the new man in her life, Zach Slade. Ever since inheriting her late Great Aunt Sandra’s special “abilities”, Clare’s former life as a straight-laced, nose to the grindstone accountant has flittered off into oblivion. With her new talents being discovered by a few people, Clare is being hired by
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
This review was originally posted on Backchatting Books

This court is now in session...

Clare has been called in to investigate a ghostly prospector who has a nasty habit of leaving his bones in the guest beds of a millionaire. The millionaire wants him gone and the miner might just pass on if Clare can find out who killed him.

Case for the Prosecution

Clare Cermack might have exceptional skills that allow her to communicate with ghosts, but she has evolved into a TSTL heroine who consistently make
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ghost Layer is the second in the Ghost Seer series and takes up right after the first book, moving the series along nicely. Clare is still grappling with her gift but is enjoying her new relationship with Zach.

Clare Cermak is trying to learn about the ghosts that are now part of her life, she received her seer gift from her great aunt, and when Clare dies it will pass down to her niece Dory. Clare has not been as diligent with her studying as Enzo, her ghost helper, an energetic Labrador, wants
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