Monday, March 26, 2018

Touch, by Claire North (author), Peter Kenny (narrator)

Hachette Audio, February 2015

Kepler is a ghost, a being who, when he was beaten to death in a filthy alley, with his dying impulse reached out to touch his killer's ankle--and found himself looking down at his own dead body, out of his killer's eyes.

That was few centuries back, and Kepler can hop from body to body when ever he needs or wants to. He doesn't intend harm to his hosts, and even comes to cherish them.

Then one of his hosts is brutally assassinated.

The killer wanted Kepler dead, but killed his host, Josephine Cebula, even after realizing Kepler had jumped. Why? He needs to find the truth, and avenge Josephine.

What follows is a terrifying chase across Europe and America. There are other ghosts, some who have been friends of Kepler's, or, arguably, business associates. Others are definitely not friends.

At least one is perhaps insane, perhaps just evil, but either way a threat to other ghosts. Because this ghost has committed multiple mass murders over decades, if not longer, an organization of what might be called ordinary humans, determined to wipe out the ghosts. The killer ghost, dubbed Galileo, has its own unknown plans.

Kepler tells his story out of order, moving forward from the death of Josephine, while also jumping backwards to earlier formative or relevant experiences. In the end, we know everything that Kepler knows, but we don't know it all in the same order. Sometimes this is challenging to follow.

It's not a perfect book, but it held my interest and attention

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.