We're talking about STRUCK by Clarissa Johal at The Library today. Clarissa will be awarding an ecopy of STRUCK to three (3) randomly drawn commenters during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.
The shadows had been invited.
After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of being rescued by a mysterious stranger. Following her release from the hospital, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift--one that will stay the hands of death. Gwynneth is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something more sinister... for as he shares more and more of this gift, his price becomes more and more deadly.
The characters are well drawn and likeable. The relationships between the characters are believable. It is obvious that Gwynneth and her best friend, Seth, are fond of each other--even more than fond. However, it's not quite that obvious to them.
The secondary characters are also delightful and I would love to see them again, especially Poppy. She is delightful and, as an aside, sees spirits.
The action is fast paced-- I read the book in one sitting and look forward to reading more by this author.
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