Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 12/05/12
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher.
Dante is a very old ghost tied to a property that’s been uninhabited for more than twenty years. When the new owners appear everything in Dante’s existence is turned on its head. A former lover and an old love reappear. Richard recognizes Dante immediately. But is there any hope for their love?
This is a very intriguing story featuring a rather unusual ghost and some extremely fascinating other characters. The fact that it’s set at Christmas is incidental, just wallpaper, because the people central to the story have no interest in the holiday. But that doesn’t detract from the story at all because it’s their story we’re reading.
I loved the new take on some old themes here. Ms. Carmichael has a wonderful imagination that takes the known and twists it into a fresh concept.
At the start of the story Richard appears calm and wise. I love the way his character is gradually unpacked. I’d also like to find out more about Virgie and Anton, possibly in future stories.
Some of the POV changes were a bit sudden. I’d have preferred line breaks or something similar to prepare the reader for them. In other places the POV was just a tad wobbly. The insertion of a few words would have tightened it up considerably.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.