For a first novel dealing with complex issues like Down Syndrome in a paranormal thriller is amazing! Alex writes from the perspective of the main character's point of view which provides insight to her world and how she perceives it illustrates tremendous skill of the author to successfully pull it off. And Alex does just that!
Loxley Fiddleback is a poor orphan who sees ghosts and whenever they touch her, they leave their marks on her. She is a young adult whose view of the world is completely different than most others. While she lives in a low ring of "The Hole," Loxley is busy earning a living selling fresh vegetables, marijuana, and working in a pharmacy in a higher ring in an effort to get her dream: her own farm. One day she sees a friend as a ghost and it changes her world.
Soon Loxley has no cart, no home, no book, no hopes for a farm; just a strong desire to kill the person(s) who killed her friend. But first she has to figure out who and why someone killed her friend. Sadly, no one really wants to help her figure it out. The nice policeman wasn't so nice when she refused his advances, but he did die trying to save her in the end. As for living in a lower ring to hide from the killers, she becomes a musician with incredible talent on a violin and hides in plain view.
A great story with the ability to latch the reader into the story quickly and completely. This is an all-nighter and it's worth it as the ending is quirky (just like the rest of the book). I cannot wait to read Alex White's next novel as I'm sure it will be a different read, just like this one. Check it out and see what you think!
Loxley Fiddleback can see the dead, but the problem is... the dead can see her.
Ghosts have always been cruel to Loxley Fiddleback - but none more than the spirit of her only friend, alive only hours earlier. Loxley isn’t equipped to solve a murder: she lives near the bottom of a cutthroat, strip-mined metropolis known as “The Hole,” suffers from crippling anxiety and can't cope with strangers. Worse still, she’s haunted.
She inherited her ability to see spirits from the women of her family, but the dead see her, too. Ghosts are drawn to her, and their lightest touch leaves her with painful wounds.
Loxley swears to take blood for blood and find her friend’s killer. In doing so, she uncovers a conspiracy that rises all the way to the top of The Hole. As her enemies grow wise to her existence, she becomes the quarry, hunted by a brutal enforcer named Hiram McClintock. In sore need of confederates, Loxley must descend into the strangest depths of the city in order to have the revenge she seeks and, ultimately, her own salvation.