Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Review: The Stubborn Dead (Lost Souls #1)

Original Title: The Stubborn Dead
Series: Lost Souls #1
Author: Natasha Hoar
Published Date: January 23rd 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy

*** Thanks to NetGalley and Carina Press for providing the ARC for review purposes ***


Rachel Miller thought her next job was a run-of-the-mill haunting. As a member of the Order of Rescue Mediums it's her duty to release trapped spirits from the earthly realm. But when called to client Sylvia Elkeles's house, she finds a wraith who doesn't act like he should.

The Order considers the wraith an extreme threat and Rachel may be forced to use a barbaric ritual to free him—a ritual that comes with a heavy personal price. If she fails to humanely release the wraith, she'll have her supernatural abilities bound.

When Janus Ostara—local supernatural mob boss—shows up demanding her attention, and Sylvia keeps secrets that may place Rachel in mortal danger, she doesn't need her abilities to know something darkly sinister is at play.

Between uncovering Sylvia's disturbing motives, and avoiding Janus, Rachel has enough on her hands without dealing with a wraith who may not realize he's supposed to be dead...


The story kicked off with Rachel exorcising a stubborn ghost using her 'powers'.  At the end of that exorcism, she is called for another ghost busting.  That is where our main plot starts.  Rachel gets stuck up with a wraith, who doesn't know who he is, which is essential for exorcism.  Rachel soon learns that she has been set up..and her options are very limited, where she can lose either her job or her life.

Readers can learn the entire plot in about first 30% of the book.  Well written, but not descriptive enough.  There is no proper world building, but well done for a book with just 20000 words.  Too many characters, but the depth of the characters was not there.

Being in the first book in the Lost Souls series, this book has potential to make a good series.  Definitely looking forward to reading more from the author.

A short thriller.  Felt like watching a short film and was content.


Born in South Africa, Natasha moved to Canada in her 20s and settled just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. This meant she was surrounded by an abundance of amazing natural beauty, interesting people from around the world to talk to and a fair bit of rain (which, oddly enough, she rather enjoys). She’s always up for a good adventure, especially if it involves ‘stumbling upon’ movie or TV shoots, hunting for G1 My Little Ponies at local thrift shops, meandering through book and toy stores, or looking into paranormal phenomena.

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