Author: Rebecca Crunden
When Eliza Owens gets a phone call in the middle of the night from a girl she’s never met, she doesn’t know what to think. The girl introduces herself as Paige, and says she used to date Erik Stern, Eliza’s fiancé. What’s more, she has something important to discuss.
The only problem? Paige has been dead for years.
Believing it to be a sick prank, Eliza tries to force it from her mind until Sam, Eliza’s older sister, tells her she met Paige only a few weeks before. And, according to Sam, Paige has nothing nice to say about Erik.
The fight which follows shatters the lives of everyone involved, and Erik disappears without a trace.
Five years later, Erik returns to town after his father’s death. Old wounds quickly resurface, and with them several burning questions. None the least of which is: Who spoke to Eliza and Sam if it wasn’t Paige? And why?
This was a creepy, creepy book, but I think that’s part of why I enjoyed it so much.
In the very beginning of the book, we’re introduced to two children in a cabin who are preparing a ritual to bring someone or something back to the dead. Fast forward some years and we’re introduced to one of the kid’s (Erick’s) fiancé Eliza. When she gets a call from a deceased ex of Erick’s, questions begin to fly. It’s not long after that in which Erick accidentally kills Eliza’s sister, Sam. Unable to deal with what’s happened, he leaves town and Eliza slips into a haze (clever story title by the way) of drugs and sorrow.
So I loved each of the characters in a different way. They felt like real people, especially Eliza, and the way that she coped with her sister’s death. Her downward spiral of despair I think all people have experienced at one point or the other. Erick was perhaps my favorite character though. He went through such a range of emotions throughout the entirety of the story that we got to see exactly what kind of character he was in nearly every situation imaginable.
All in all, this is a fantastic story with something for everyone whether that be romance, suspense, paranormal, mystery, or intrigue. The author beautifully weaved real elements such as death and loss with supernatural elements making for a magical book that’s easy to get lost.
If you’re looking for something solid but outside the box, this is the book for you.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.