Better Homes and Hauntings
by Molly Harper
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
The thing I always enjoy most about Molly Harper's books are the voices of her characters, which are inevitably witty, snarky, and full of heart. The second thing I love most about her books are that the female protagonists actually have real, healthy relationships with the other women around them, and experiences outside of the male protagonists. So, despite what all the blurbs seem to say about this book being about Nina and Deacon, it's equally about Jake and Cindy and Nina and Cindy and Dotty. And beyond that, the book is more about Crane's Nest, Gerald, Catherine, and Jack. Better Homes is a paranormal mystery with ghosts and a curse, and people who have lives and friendships, and some of them fall in love. I can see where some people might be upset or not enjoy this, because it doesn't neatly fall into the category of paranormal romance; however, I found it fresh and enjoyable to see and read a wider world than just inside the heads of one man and one woman. For me, I guessed pretty quickly, what the outcome would be and who the bad guy was, but Ms. Harper did make a good faith effort to keep the mystery mysterious. And guessing the mystery didn't make me enjoy the ride any less. Solid 4 stars and I look forward to future stand-alone's from Molly Harper.