The Ghosting of Gods - Cricket Baker
Jesse is an apprentice exorcist who defies his priests when he learns his sister is in danger even though she’s dead. When he’s exiled to a haunted world, Jesse must unravel the mystery of ghosts if he is to save her. He plunges into a deadly game of hide-and-seek. The players include denizens draped in monkish robes, ghosts with matted eyes, the dead who tunnel underground in terror, and...Elspeth.
A coven scientist, Elspeth is both respected and feared for her abnormal spiritual powers. Jesse needs--craves--the knowledge of ghosts which she possesses. But is Elspeth a spiritual prodigy, or dangerously insane? The coven scientist begs him to trust her. He doesn’t. But he wants to.
Caught in a world on the brink of spiritual evolution, Jesse struggles to understand Elspeth even as frightening contacts from his sister force him to face the secret, shattering meaning of a verse he knows well: Blessed are the poor in ghost.
*Received for review from the author*
This is my first did not finish in awhile. This doesn't mean this was a particularly bad book, I've just decided that with a to-read pile as big as mine I can't really afford to waste time reading books that I am just not getting into at all. There isn't a lot of point reading a book if you are really not enjoying it. Unfortunately, this book was one of those. I read up to page 115 of 339 so I gave it a good go. I just couldn't immerse myself into this world. I felt really confused as to what was going on and didn't fully understand the idea behind the book. All I got was that Jesse is looking for his now deceased sister.
The second half of the book sounds much more promising and I am quite sad that I couldn't make it to that part. I felt that I was too far into the book to not be fully immersed in it so thought it was best to put it aside. The world building wasn't for me, I didn't fully understand the conceptions of mistrust between the three protagonists; Jesse, Ava and Poe. It was all too murky and not into the right area of the supernatural for me and my reading. I couldn't follow the narrative path very well and unfortunately, didn't really feel like I was entirely fussed about what happened to the characters.
However, the book was successful in creating a very dark, bleak atmosphere. There was definitely no light in this book. I could feel elements of inspiration of Edgar Allan Poe within the book (I don't know if there was any intentionally and it goes further than just the naming of a character) and that if this was expanded it would make it a much more enjoyable read. I feel really disappointed with this book and wish that I could have enjoyed it more.