You can take the boy out of the darkness. But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.
All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.
What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?
If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.
From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?
So this is one of those books that I have meaning to read for a little while now and just haven’t got round to, which is odd as I loved the mediator series growing up and was really excited when I learnt of its existence, but for some reason I never made the effort to actually sit down and read it, well until now.
It was great being back in the world of Suze and Jesse, I do love these novels where you get to find out what happened to everyone after the book ends or in this case after high school and into the real adult world, this may have something to do with just being plain nosy but there we go. I have read the proposal so I did have some idea but this book just made it all the more satisfying with all those extra details! What I did love about this book in particular (apart from the fact it was another mediator novel) was that there were certain points where you could see real growth from the characters Suze in particular, sure she swore a tad too much, but there was a few great moments of clarity and maturity. Unfortunately it was also paired up with moments of, well stupidity, and a few more moments of me screaming internally. The communication issues were rough! Now Paul was always a character that I had problems with but this is the first book I didn’t even really feel sorry for him, I just sort of wished he went away.
The story itself followed the normal sort of pattern you would expect from a mediator novel and came with a few surprises along the way. It was also a bit more ‘grown up’ I suppose in the story and did touch a few more sensitive matters. All in all it was an enjoyable nostalgic read. I have rated it at three and a half stars mainly because I just couldn’t get over the areas of the story which made me want to just rage at the characters.
Would I read again: Maybe
Would I Recommend: Yes, if you read the others in the series definitely
Would I read another book from this author: Yes