Monday, May 25, 2009

Review -- "A Spirit of Vengeance"

Emily over at Rainbow Reviews gave me an excellent 4.5 star review of A Spirit of Vengeance.


When Josh comes home from a business trip to find out that his lover, Kevin, has been killed, his life takes a terrible turn. Even worse, Kevin is haunting him, wanting Josh to exact revenge on his killer. Josh thinks Kevin is a hallucination to begin with, but he soon starts to believe that his lover's spirit is really hanging around.

As he begins to believe in Kevin's ghost, Josh also starts to believe he knows who killed Kevin. He's not sure what to do, and neither is Kevin, who never really considered an afterlife. Can these two figure out how to catch a killer and how to move on with life after death?

Josh's life has been turned upside down by the unthinkable ~ his lover Kevin has been murdered inside of their apartment. Not knowing why, or even the details of how, Josh is left trying to pick up the pieces of his life when he is thrown yet another curve ball. Josh starts to see and hear things that cannot possibly be real, but he comes to find out that Kevin's spirit is lingering, desperate for Josh to exact revenge on his killers.

It takes time for Kevin to convince Josh that he is real, by entering his dreams and manifesting while Josh is awake, but finally he succeeds. Josh is thrilled to be able to talk to and hold his lover again, but the main focus is still on trapping Kevin's killers so that justice is served. Josh must be careful to protect himself from the killers and to protect his heart as he's in love with a ghost.

A Spirit of Vengeance is an exceptional story, a refreshingly unique paranormal tale of love and revenge. Benedetti drops readers right into the story from the very beginning and the pace doesn't let up. We connect with Josh as he deals with having a ghost following him around, even if it is his dead lover. His reactions are very real, making him a truly believable character. There are touching moments between Josh and Kevin, but most is left to the imagination. The real focus of this story is the vengeance that Kevin seeks and how Josh helps him on that path and anything more would have distracted from the story. It's a perfect blend of action and emotional connection that results in a fantastic story that I will surely read over and over again.

For readers that are new to Benedetti, this is a great place to start to experience the subtle brilliance this writer possesses. Her stories are quite powerful, compact and concise and a window into the human soul. Here, Benedetti doesn't need to rely on elaborate sex scenes or overly developed plots ~ with two well-developed characters she has created an engaging story that is moving and gripping and definitely a recommended read.


Thanks so much to Emily -- I'm thrilled she enjoyed it. :D



Charles Gramlich said...

makes you feel good, don't it!

Angie said...

Charles -- awesome! :D This review totally rocks; I've been walking around six inches off the floor since I read it.

Of course, now I'm looking at my current WIP and wondering, "Is this just as good? Will Emily like it as much? Will it be disappointing?" [laugh/flail] It's like I have this incredible review to live up to, you know? Ack! O_O