Hello, my lovelies. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about The Library: Where Life Checks Out by Carmen DeSousa. A standalone ghost story in her series, American Haunts.
What’s The Library: Where Life Checks Out about?
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Title: The Library by Carmen DeSousa
Series: American Haunts
Published by Written Musings on 7 August, 2014
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery, Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Cozy, Ghost, Visionary & Metaphysical, Young Adult Fiction, Magical Realism
Narrator: Austin Walp
Length: 5 hours 58 minutes
No. of Pages: 258
In 1934, the body of a beautiful, but poor young woman was found alongside a riverbank near The Depot. Beaten to a pulp, only recognizable by a tattoo on her ankle, and yet, days after the discovery, the story all but disappears.
Eighty years later, locals claim The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the historic 1800s train station turned restaurant, he's never seen proof. Until now.
As he sifts through evidence of a supposed suicide by train, he learns a murder that took place eighty years ago may directly affect his case.
Six months after the strange occurrences at The Depot, there's another murder. This time, The Library holds secrets of several murders, and the dead won't rest until the murderer checks out too.
Note: The Library (Where Life Checks Out) is a 50k-word follow-up novel to The Depot (When Life and Death Cross Tracks), which is included in this special edition so readers who haven't read The Depot won't miss anything.
Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
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Read: 7th to 8th June, 2015
What did I think about it?
I really enjoyed this book – what a great story!
This is a modern day detective story with a nice splash of romance, mystery and a ghostly twist.
I liked the writing style; it was easy to read and the plot (although full of twist & turns) never felt muddled. The storyline & pace had a good balance of tension, humour and facts were revealed to us (the reader) as our main character, Detective Mark Waters, found them out. I was pleased that I couldn’t work out “whodunit” as is the case in so many detective novels and enjoyed the unexpected twists!
All of the characters in this story were well thought out and written with depth and the complexities of human characteristics, no-one was just there to add to the numbers or be background scenery, they all had their own stories (some of which I’d like to see feature in other tales) which made them all totally believable and added a further depth to the whole book!
What a bargain – 2 really good stories for the price of 1!!
The Depot: When Life and Death Cross Tracks is also included in this book. The story takes place 6 months previously and stars our hero, Detective Mark Waters. I’ve previously read this short story back in October 2014 and rated it 4 stars too.
I will be looking out for more from Carmen DeSousa. Keep reading to find out more about her.
Thanks for popping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about The Library: Where Life Checks Out. Have you read it or any other books by Carmen DeSousa? Drop me a comment below so we can chat books.
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Bye for now,