Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings (Part 1), by Audrey Davis

Audrey Davis, November 2017

Gary Hastings is, in a small way, demonstrating what a sweet guy he is, and why after more than twenty years Hattie still loves him, when he's hit by a car and killed.

It's a devastating loss emotionally, and there are endless practical details to be dealt with too, and on top of that, their son, Johnny, is still not getting his act together and getting a job after dropping out of university.

It's all right on the edge of being too much to handle.

Then, one evening, Gary pops back in.

He's not quite corporeal, but he can still enjoy his favorite whisky. And he is, after the initial shock, a pleasure and a comfort for Hattie to see and talk to again. Unfortunately, Gary can't control his comings and goings.

This is part one of three parts, and be warned that it's a cliffhanger. (Part two is already available, and part three, the conclusion, will be published at the end of July 2018. In this first part, we get to know Hattie, Gary, their friends and family. This includes Hattie's oldest and closest friend, Cat, and her new boyfriend, along with Hattie's brother and mother. These are all likable people, and if Hattie's efforts to get their help in understanding what's happening with Gary don't always go well, it's not because they don't care or aren't trying to do what's best for her. It's just that, so far at least, no one can see Gary except Hattie.

It's a fun, engaging introduction.

Let me repeat that this is a cliffhanger. Part two is available; the conclusion will be available later this month.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.