The Ghost

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The Ghost

The 13th Floor, #6

Chiharo Black once again tried to get Harriet, the Banshee, to notice her or at least to hear her, but to no avail. No one has seen or spoken to her in over 30 years, since she was pushed over the 18th floor rail and plunged to her death. Now she only has the pets from the unique building with the magical 13th floor located in Carmine, Illinois.

Chiharo follows Harriet into the stairwell and stops as she notices Kiral, the vampire, meeting Harriet for the first time. During one part of the day Harriet is an old crone and the other a young woman. At this point, Harriet is her young natural self instead of the old crone. Will it be love at first sight? Oh, no! It's not, but it might be death at first bite as Harriet offers herself to him. Kiral feeds until he must force himself away from her before he kills her and prepares to flee to his apartment.

Suddenly there is a gray blur that launches itself toward Kiral telling him to get away from her. The blur passes through them and goes unnoticed by both Kiral and Harriet. The blur goes to follow Kiral telling him he is going to kill him. Chiharo orders him to leave Kiral alone. The blur turns to Harriet in shock and then draws near her to ask how it is she can see and hear him. No one has acknowledged him, Jeremy, in 5 years. Chiharo tells him they are both ghosts, so of course they can communicate, although Jeremy Emerson is a little black and white while Chiharo is color-vision. She asks him why he wants to kill Kiral and Jeremy tells her it is because Kiral killed him. Jeremy asks Chiharo to help him get his revenge so he can be released to move on. He has been forced to follow Kiral everywhere since he died. Chiharo refuses and Jeremy goes in search of Kiral. Then the deaths began. Is the killer Jeremy or is there something new stalking the residents?

This is Ms. Rains’ final installment in the 13th floor series. I am so sorry to see it end, but she does it with a bang. Imagine watching the corporeal beings go about their lives without being able to interact. What would you do if you could be invisible to everyone? Could you stay sane with the isolation? Would you be willing to destroy the first being to communicate with you in 30 years to save the hundreds of others that do not even know you exist? I personally have no answers for those questions, but Ms. Rains gives us a heroine that is made of sterner stuff than I. Being able to see how the other residents of the 13th floor are doing after the chaos of the other books was a beautiful closure of all the Night of Hell loose ends. This story is very fast moving and you dread seeing the end come. My one complaint is there will be no book 7. Who knows maybe Ms. Rains will take pity one day and return to the 13th Floor.

This could be read as a standalone and be amply satisfying, but if you are like me you will want to read the entire series starting with book 1, 1301: The Marquis. Each book adds a little more to the overall story, but is not required to enjoy and understand any of the other books. Sit back and enjoy. If you have been reading the series wish your friends of the 13th floor a fond farewell for now because you will now need to read the series again and again. If you are just now starting the series I envy you the joy of meeting all the residents of the 13th floor for the first time and becoming friends. Ms. Rains, I will be looking for your other novellas. Your style of humor, drama and romance rolled all into one compact story is a surprise present to be unveiled each time you open a new book. Thank you and I ask you reconsider the end of the series. Maybe later down the road...


Book Blurb for The Ghost

Chiharo Black lives with six supernatural tenants in a haunted building's mysterious thirteenth floor. Of course, no one knows she's there except the cats. Being a ghost can be a bit frustrating and lonely, but it isn't as bad as her mother made it out to be.

Until another ghost intrudes on her territory. Jeremy Emerson wants revenge on the vampire that killed him and won't stop until he has it. To top it off, a nightmarish shade sneaks in and leeches the energy from the building's residents before setting its sights on Chiharo and the thirteenth floor. She can't decide which one is more frightening: the one wanting to eat her soul or the one who might win her heart.

Chiharo must convince Jeremy to stand with her against the hellish parasite. If they cannot work together, the greedy fiend will not only drain their energy but everything that supports the thirteenth floor's existence.


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2013 4.50