Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wraith by Gwenan Haines






Wraith
by Gwenan Haines


GENRE:   fantasy



BLURB:

Sixteen years ago, Kira Chiklak’s mother promised her a miracle on Christmas morning. Instead, she woke to the news her brother was gone forever. The Alaskan pilot’s dreams have always told her the future but have never revealed the secrets of her past.

Now Kira’s dreams are warning her another child in Amarok is in danger of meeting the same fate as her brother. As Kira races to save Annie Michaels’ life she comes to believe her past and Annie’s future are inextricably linked.

The last thing Hunter Jackson expects to do during Spring Break is unravel a mystery. When Kira asks for his assistance, he can’t refuse her request. But can he help her protect Annie when his own heart is at risk?






EXCERPT

Sometimes I wonder how things would have turned out if I hadn’t. If I’d kept my nose buried in that menu in search of a dish Icouldn’t pronounce. But I didn’t. I looked up and saw Annie hanging onto the banister as she descended the stairs that led to the Michaels’ apartment. She clung to the hand of a girl I guessed was her babysitter as the two of them made their way across the room toward the kitchen. Annie wore a pink fleece footie sleeper and her auburn hair hung loose around her face. I think that’s what pushed me over the edge. She looked so damn
innocent. I pushed my chair back from the table and grabbed the wolf hat out of my jacket pocket.

Hunter’s eyes darkened. “What are you doing?”

“Be right back.”

“Kira, don’t.”

“I have to. I’m sorry.”

Before I could stop myself, I stood up and set off after Annie and the babysitter. They were waiting outside the kitchen doors. Annie was staring at the doors as if she were waiting for her mom to breeze through them, like she always did. The babysitter’s eyes flitted across the restaurant, looking for people she recognized. Then she turned back toward Annie and smiled down at her.

Liv appeared just as I reached Annie and the sitter. Her eyes locked onto mine and even Annie could read the warning there. Stay away from my child.

REVIEW

5 Stars

This is a short, intense story that I really enjoyed reading.  I particularly liked the remote setting in Alaska.  Kira is a intelligent, savvy heroine with a strong sense of family and loyalty.  She teams up with a young man just newly arrived to the small community for Spring Break.  Hunter and Kira hit it off and there is great chemistry between them.  Their charismatic relationship deepens as they work together to solve the mystery that enfolds the small, remote community.

I thought the characters were very well-drawn and interesting. The plot deepens as the story progresses, which makes the book difficult to put down.  Unfolding logically and with near perfect pacing this story was a compelling read that left me feeling uplifted, satisfied, and craving more.

Reviewed by Laurie-J





AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gwenan Haines lives in New England with her daughter and a Siberian husky born on Halloween. She’s been hooked on suspense ever since her mom read her an old Nancy Drew mystery when she was five years old. She also loves romance and fantasy. Her paranormal novella, WRAITH, and novel, SHIFT, the first two installments in the SHADOW WORLD series, are under contract with Wild Rose Press's fantasy line. When she’s not plotting her newest mystery, she teaches community college and writes lots of poetry.

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4 comments:

Nikolina Vukelic said...

I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Victoria Alexander said...

Awesome review!

Samantha Martin said...

I always like to know if they have done any research and what the authors inspirations are?