The Abandoned review

The Abandoned (Graveyard Queen #0.5)

There are rules for dealing with ghosts. Too bad Ree Hutchins doesn’t know them.

 When her favorite patient at a private mental hospital passes away, psychology student Ree Hutchins mourns the elderly woman’s death. But more unsettling is her growing suspicion that something unnatural is shadowing her.

 Amateur ghost hunter Hayden Priest believes Ree is being haunted. Even Amelia Gray, known in Charleston as The Graveyard Queen, senses a gathering darkness. Driven by a force she doesn’t understand, Ree is compelled to uncover an old secret and put abandoned souls to rest—before she is locked away forever….

The Abandoned is a prelude to the series of Amelia who goes around restoring gravestones and avoiding ghosts.  While this story had very little to do with Amelia, it still set up a bit about what she does and her special gift for seeing ghosts.

Well crafted and interesting, I felt the story could have focused a bit more on the ghosts and the haunting of Ree but it is a novella so guess there wasn’t enough time to develop it more.  Ree is at the bed side of a woman who has been confined to a psych hospital her entire life – never once being allowed out even though she was perfectly sane. Because of the atrocities done to both this woman and her mother, both ghosts attach to Ree to seek their revenge.  Ree almost becomes a casualty of the same greed the two women had but is rescued in time by a young man she had met in the graveyard.

Overall the story kept me engaged and interested.  I will be reading book one in the series here soon.  I give the novella a B+

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