Willa uses her mysterious ability to communicate with the beyond to track a murdering psychopath.
After moving to Los Angeles with her mother and stepdad, Willa discovers a ghostly presence haunting their new home. The local news is consumed with reports of a serial killer stalking up-and-coming actresses, and it doesn’t take long for Willa to figure out that their specter is one of the butcher’s victims. It’s a clever premise, and the whodunit fails in only one aspect: It’s incredibly obvious who did it. Once the killer is introduced as an ancillary character, even novice detectives will be able to point and cry, “Guilty!” Luckily, the characters and their investigation more than make up for this. The procedural elements are well-executed and complemented by characters that readers will truly come to care about and a romance that resonates. Alender enhances the mystery by setting it in Hollywood, a town where no one is quite who they seem to be. The result is a mystery that’s worth it for the chase if not for its conclusion.
A compelling supernatural thriller. (Paranormal mystery. 12-16)