Relatively Dead

What a cute little paranormal mystery Ms. Connolly wrote. In this book, we are introduced to Abby Kimball who has just moved to New England with her boyfriend. Obviously the relationship she has with him is nowhere close to what she’d like it to be. He’s very obnoxious and clearly they don’t belong together. While out by herself doing a tour of some of the historic homes, Abby begins seeing images that leave her completely speechless and confused. The problem is the images of the people she’s seeing are the people who are deceased, but lived in this house about a century ago. Not knowing what’s happening to her, the historic tour guide, Ned Newhall, lends a hand in calming her down and helping her find out the answers they’re both looking for. The one thing that they both don’t plan on is being attracted to each other.

I really enjoyed this little paranormal mystery and loved the storyline. Ms. Connolly created interesting characters that I wanted to learn more about. When Abby began seeing the images of the deceased former occupants of the particular house she was in at the time, I really wanted to see why this was happening to her and I became curious as to whom the people were that showed themselves to Abby in particular. I also loved the genealogy aspect that the author wove into the storyline because I’m a genealogy fan. I enjoyed learning how total strangers slowly started connecting on a family tree as Abby did her research. The author added just enough mystery to keep me completely intrigued while I was reading along. The only gripe I did have was it ended a bit abruptly for me. I felt as if the author might have had to tie the story up and didn’t know how she should have done it or at what spot of the story it should have been done at. I’m actually hoping that maybe she’s planning on making this a series so she can pick up where she left off with this book. I really enjoyed this story and hope to see a sequel in the near future.

When Abby Kimball moves to New England with her boyfriend, things start happening to her that she doesn’t plan on. Aside from having problems with her boyfriend, she quickly learns she has a talent she never knew existed. While going on a tour of some local historical house, Abby is shocked when she begins seeing images of people flash before her eyes. She has no idea who these people are and why all of a sudden she can see images like this. The even creepier thing is the people in the images have been dead for nearly a century. Thankfully, Ned Newhall, the tour guide, is supportive of Abby and they become friends. He’s just as curious as she is as to why this is happening to her and would love to find out who the people are in her images. Lending a hand, they begin to do some research to find the answers they’re both looking for. Who are these people Abby is seeing in the images? Does something more spark between Abby and Ned than just friendship? Does Abby finally get rid of her obnoxious boyfriend?

Book Blurb for Relatively Dead

From New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly!

Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath—because the family has been dead for nearly a century. Another haunting episode follows, and another, until it seems to Abby that everything she touches is drawing her in, calling to her from the past.

Abby would doubt her sanity if it weren’t for Ned Newhall, the kind and knowledgeable guide on that disturbing house tour. Rather than telling her she’s hallucinating, Ned takes an interest in Abby’s strange encounters and encourages her to figure out what’s going on, starting with investigating the story of the family she saw . . . and exploring her own past.

But as Abby begins to piece together a history that’s as moving as it is shocking and unravels a long-ago mystery that nearly tore her family apart, she also begins to suspect that Ned’s got secrets of his own, and that his interest may be driven as much by a taste for romance as a love for history.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2013 4.00