Blog Tour: Wide Open By Deborah Coates [Review]
Wide Open By Deborah Coates was a book that I enjoyed quite a bit. I was given a copy to review, and truthfully, I didn’t really know what to expect going in! The story sounded intriguing enough – and readers of my reviews know that I can’t pass up a good ghost story!
I was extremely pleased when I started Wide Open that the story wasn’t just about ghosts following around our main character, no, Wide Open was a great story about a woman’s love for her sister. As a big sister to four siblings of my own (two of which are sisters), I think the story really rang very close to home for me. I very easily could put myself in Hallie’s shoes as she struggled to find the truth of her sister’s death, while she struggled to deal with her own loss.
We follow Sergeant Hallie Michaels who returns to South Dakota from Afghanistan after hearing about the death of her sister. Hallie is more than a little surprised to see the spirit of her sister greet her at the airport, but takes the ghost viewing in stride – Hallie can see dead people.
Her entire home town is buzzing that Hallie’s sister, Dell, actually committed suicide, but Hallie knows this isn’t the case. If that had happened, Dell’s spirit wouldn’t be hanging around. The rest of the story turns into Hallie trying to track down exactly what happened to her sister and being targeted by someone that really doesn’t want her to find out the truth.
Wide Open not only did an excellent job of building Hallie as a character, it also offered a great supporting cast as well. Coates’ writing style easily absorbs you into the story and, like any great book, makes you believe that you are experiencing everything the heroine is going through.
Add to this that Coates’ description of Hallie’s surroundings had me seeing a sharp picture of South Dakota in my head, and also managed to make the hair on the back of neck stand up when it was warranted, Wide Open is a great addition to your bookshelf for all you urban fantasy fans!
You can purchase ‘Wide Open’ on Amazon.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition | Pages: 304 | Source: Publisher
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