Reviewed by Sarina
AUTHOR: Amy Rae Durreson
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 12, 2016
When lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboat volunteer. But Mattie’s great-great-grandfather isn’t the only specter in Rosewick Bay, and as Siôn and Mattie investigate an ill-fated love affair from a bygone era, they begin a romance of their own, one that will hopefully escape the tragedy Mattie’s ancestor suffered.
But the ghosts aren’t the only ones with secrets, and the things Siôn and Mattie are keeping from each other threaten to tear them apart. And all the while, the dead are biding their time, because the curse of Rosewick Bay has never been broken. If the ghosts are seen on the streets, local tradition foretells a man will drown before the summer’s end.
While I really don’t like horror movies at all, there’s just something really appealing about a ghost story. The house I grew up in was haunted and while our resident specter did manage to scare me sometimes, I’d never felt any sort of menace behind her actions. Making it through one of her appearances was kind of like a right of passage, really, and was sometimes even comforting. 😀
In Spindrift you have not one but two ghosts, both creepy and scary in turns and each with a much different agenda. I think what I loved most about this book was the believabilty of story; from the setting to the characters and the appearance of the ghosts, everything worked together to create something that could legitimately happen. I loved it! While both of the main characters gave the impression that what you see is what you get, as the story progressed you began to see the layers they kept hidden from everyone else and that gave a nice depth to them both. I liked Mattie’s persistence in his pursuit of Sion, despite how Sion was determined to keep him away. That stubbornness was paid back in full later in the story and it was great seeing Sion fight for what he wanted when before he hadn’t cared.
The full tale of the ghosts is parsed out over the course of the book and I enjoyed getting to learn the truth right along side Sion. The truth was both bittersweet and just plain sad; the truth of what had really been happening in the village came as a surprise and just added another layer to the whole affair thus far. I also found the resolution to the ghost problem satisfying and I was left with my always sought after happy ending. This was a great paranormal read that I enjoyed quite a bit; it didn’t creep me out as much as A Frost of Cares did but I believed this one more. Anyone that enjoys a good ghost story should enjoy this one; I thought it was great and will definitely read it again!