Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review & Giveaway: In Cassie's Corner by Dale Mayer

Synopsis (Goodreads):
Cassie's best friend, bad boy Todd, is gone. Gone as in dead. Gone as in ghost.

But she doesn't realize that when he wakes her in her bedroom and begs her not to believe what they say about him. It's not until the next day when her parents tell her about the accident that she learns the truth...

The police believe Todd was living up to the family name, drinking and driving and coming to a predictable end. It's up to her to find out the truth and clear his name.

Todd is shocked at his sudden change in circumstances...and angry. He struggles with his new ghostly reality, realizing all he's lost as he watches his brother build a relationship with Cassie as the two pair up to find out what really happened to him.

The truth isn't always pretty, and Cassie has to be stronger than ever before. Especially when the whole world seems to be against her.
My Thoughts: I've been on a bit of a ghost kick lately. It's more than just reading about ghosts, though. I like to see how different authors build the rules and mythology and weave them into their stories. In this case, Cassie has never had an experience with ghosts until her best friend pops up in her room one night after a horrific car accident. Todd has little memory of the events leading up to the accident and none at all of the accident itself. Yet, he's sure that he wasn't drunk while driving.

Cassie has to sort through the smattering of clues she finds and figure out how the boy she knew got to the point he ended up at. The biggest thing she has going for her (and for him, really) is her unbending belief that Todd would never drink and drive. This is at odds with his bad boy persona but she sticks by what she knows and slowly learns the truth about his accident.

A sweet, if sometimes awkward, blossoming romance with Todd's younger brother (awkward because everyone believes that Todd and Cassie were dating and they kinda give Jessie the stink eye for picking up Todd's leavings) and a horribly strained relationship between Cassie and her parents keep the plot moving. Cassie's dogged determination to not fall into the trap of believing what everybody's saying about Todd is touching and smacks of someone who won't blindly follow the crowd. Which is a good thing. A very good thing. Especially when you're the best friend of someone who died and you want answers to questions that no one's bothering to ask.

The bottom line is that I got my ghosts. I got them and I liked them.

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  1. Another book I've never heard of but now want to read.... You are such an enabler! Don't know what I'd do without you ;)