Speak No Evil

Jaime lives an isolated life. He works from home and has little contact with friends or family. Jaime also sees ghosts. This ability is the thing that causes him to rarely engage with others. One night in the middle of a horrible storm Jaime sees a man taking refuge in his shed. After a brief confrontation Jaime decides to befriend Sebastian. Sebastian has problems of his own. He too can see ghosts and he can also hear them and speak to them. As a result his ghost are aggressive and sometimes mean and Sebastian's fears have caused him to stop talking. Completely. The two men begin a friendship and then a relationship as they learn to deal with the ghosts and Sebastian works to overcome his disability.

This story was kind of slow for me. The characters we developed nicely and the overall plot was one I would have thought I'd love. I really enjoy stories about ghosts and psychics. Unfortunately the plotting of this one moved very slowly for me. There was a lot of unnecessary information and extra dialogue in my opinion. In example they see a ghostly figure on a dark road and it causes them to have a car accident. Immediately after the crash they sit in the car and they have a conversation about learning to drive. I didn't understand. I was like "Jump out of the car. Chase the ghost. Have a passionate kiss in relief." Do something! Don't just have a slow, boring conversation. These types of things happened all through the book. It was very slow paced and it lost my attention over and over again.

Another major issue for me was that it was written in third person present tense. I used to think any style or point of view would work for me but I now know this isn't true. I really disliked this tense. It was very much like "See Dick run." "Run Dick run." I'm not sure how much this style effected my overall enjoyment of the book but I think a lot. I think this is a big part of why I could not get into the story or attach to the characters. Overall this book was just ok for me.

Book Blurb for Speak No Evil

Jamie Kincade's world is turned upside down when Sebastian, a young man who doesn't speak and who shares the ability to see ghosts that Jamie's had since childhood, enters his life. Jamie finds Sebastian fascinating on multiple levels, and is determined to help him learn to speak again. He can barely keep his thoughts--or hands--off Sebastian, who wants him and makes no attempt to hide it.

The age difference between them--Sebastian is almost 15 years Jamie's junior--is a problem for Jamie, but Jamie's reluctance isn't the only thing keeping them from focusing on the potential they might have as a couple; the collection of ghosts Jamie has been living with in relative harmony for more than a decade has no intention of leaving Sebastian alone now that he's here. Their desperate attempts to get Sebastian's attention are a distraction Jamie would be grateful for if they didn't upset Sebastian so much. Jamie is torn between wanting to send Sebastian away for his own good and wanting to drag him off to bed, and with Sebastian tempting him both deliberately and subconsciously, it can't be long before Jamie's self-control snaps...

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2015 3.00