The Whispering Dead, a review by Tanya

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The Whispering Dead
Darcy Coates

256 pages
Published May 4, 2021 by Poisoned Pen Press

About the Book:

Homeless, hunted, and desperate to escape a bitter storm, Keira takes refuge in an abandoned groundskeeper’s cottage. Her new home is tucked away at the edge of a cemetery, surrounded on all sides by gravestones: some recent, some hundreds of years old, all suffering from neglect.

And in the darkness, she can hear the unquiet dead whispering.

The cemetery is alive with faint, spectral shapes, led by a woman who died before her time… and Keira, the only person who can see her, has become her new target. Determined to help put the ghost to rest, Keira digs into the spirit’s past life with the help of unlikely new friends, and discovers a history of deception, ill-fated love, and murder.

But the past is not as simple as it seems, and Keira’s time is running out. Tangled in a dangerous web, she has to find a way to free the spirit… even if it means offering her own life in return.
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My Review

This is my 2nd read by Darcy Coates (the first being Craven Manor which I loved!) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It has a ‘cozy mystery with a twist’ type of feel to it. The twist being the paranormal ghosts that the MC can see and feel.

I love the concept of not super scary ghost stories or stories where ghosts are part of the story but not the central focus.  The Whispering Dead had a couple of creepy moments for me, which of course, I love!  Beyond that it also had some pretty interesting characters. As this is book 1 in a series, I’m eager to see how these characters develop in the upcoming books and will definitely be reading them.  In fact, I am eager to get my hands on many, many more books by Darcy Coates.

I had a lot of guesses as to what was going to happen in this story and I will say that I questioned every characters intentions at least once. There are some big questions that are left open at the end of this book so I hope Coates can write really, really fast!!

Thank you to #PoisonedPenPress and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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