"(A) petrifying tale of a chain of reincarnations that can only be broken by finding true love. More than a battle of good and evil, (the) story is rich with layers, well-developed characters, and moments of gruesomeness and tenderness. The loveless malice contrasts sharply with characters—some Repeaters, some not—who feel love so deeply that they seem to glow from it on the page. With prose so poetic, it’s easy to forget this is a horror story: ."– Kirkus Reviews
|Pub Date: Sept. 17, 2011|
|Page count: 382pp|
The petrifying tale of a chain of reincarnations that can only be broken by finding true love.
Kim is a blind college student who’s in a relationship with her biology teacher. When they get engaged, he urges Kim to contact her estranged mother, Astra, a psychiatrist who didn’t come back after leaving Kim at a school for the blind when she was 6 years old. For Astra, having a child was a failed attempt to feel love—the only way for a Repeater to conclude his or her string of lives. Finding herself incapable of the emotion, Astra abandoned Kim; but over a decade later, Astra finds the motivation to monstrously destroy her life as part of their grisly mother–daughter rivalry. The destruction bleeds into 16-year-old Lucy’s life as well; she’s a new patient who’s been having blackouts and flashbacks from another life. Lucy doesn’t yet understand that she, too, is a Repeater. With prose so poetic, it’s easy to forget this is a horror story: One evil action collides with the next as a cursed Repeater ruthlessly seeks the true love she hasn’t yet found in the hundreds of lives she remembers—love that would finally end her streak of reincarnations. More than a battle of good and evil, Ferencik’s (Cracks in the Foundation, 2008) story is rich with layers, well-developed characters, and moments of gruesomeness and tenderness. The loveless malice contrasts sharply with characters—some Repeaters, some not—who feel love so deeply that they seem to glow from it on the page.
The gripping pursuit and protection of the love of a lifetime.
In this wacky tale of heartache and heart, a down-on-her-luck veteran real estate agent discovers that the economy isn’t the only thing in the toilet.
Spirited Ginger Kanadoo loves her job but hates technology. When her boss (and brother) announces that the family real estate firm is going online—and introduces a slick new addition to the firm, Tandy Brickenhausen, who will take them on the cyber-journey—Ginger decides to show her brother that she can still get things done the old-fashioned way. Unfortunately, her only current listing is a nonfunctional outhouse. With an impending foreclosure on her own home to combat, a teenage daughter to raise and a troubling dependence on white zinfandel to overcome, Ginger has a lot on her plate. But she determines to succeed, regardless of the outrageous listings the residents of Squamskootnocket throw her way. Ginger is an older version of Bridget Jones, but instead of obsessing about her love life, she obsesses about her house sales. She continually puts herself out there and falls flat on her face. Though Ginger has all of the action, Ferencik (Repeaters, 2011, etc.) allows her protagonist’s daughter, Harvest, to be the emotional core of the story. Harvest may be a typical teen who slams doors and groans with embarrassment over her mother’s antics, but this bi-curious Wiccan also takes on much of the caretaker role in the family, even adhering to punishments when Ginger isn’t around to enforce them. The story zips along briskly—sometimes a tad too briskly—as Ginger attempts one harebrained scheme after another. But like Lucy and Ethel, she rarely learns from her mistakes. Ginger must stop depending on the kindness of strangers and learn to “Kanadoo” things on her own. Luckily for her, there are always kind strangers on hand.
If readers can overlook the improbable zaniness of Ginger’s life, they’re in for an entertaining, cotton-candy read.