Reading Highlights – March 2015. Part 2

A Reason to Believe cover A Reason to Believe by Diana Copland

ebook, 217 pages
Published October 22, 2012
Publisher:  Carina Press
M/M, mystery, paranormal thriller, romance
4-star

Blurb:
Detective Matthew Bennett doesn’t believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he’s shaken to the core–and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan’s claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

Haunted by the lingering spirit of the little girl, Kiernan is compelled to aid in the search for her killer. The chance to get closer to the enigmatic Matt is an unexpected bonus. Although Kiernan’s been betrayed by people who turned out to be more interested in his fame than in himself, with Matt he’s willing to risk his heart. As the two men grow closer, Kiernan helps Matt rediscover that life offers no guarantees–but love offers a reason to believe…
Review:
Wow, where to start. This book was recommended to me by a friend and we tend to overlap a lot on the books we enjoy. I bought it and the companion audio without even reading the blurb.
The first chapter gave me chills. If you read the blurb, you already know that detective Matt Bennett finds the body of a murdered child with the help of the victim’s ghost. Very creepy. When he tells his fellow officers about it, they react exactly as one would expect. He is put on administrative leave under the guise of vacation due to stress.
Matt’s sister in law and best friend, Sheila, takes Matt to see a medium named Kiernan Fitzpatrick in hopes that it will help Matt come to terms with the child’s murder and may shed some light on what he experienced. The skeptical detective still has doubts when Kiernan approaches him after the event, but the attraction between them is immediate. Reluctant, but needing someone who understands, especially when the little girl’s spirit continues to reach out to Matt, they form an alliance, especially when it becomes clear someone is trying to steer the direction the case in the wrong direction.
The mystery is good. The details of the murder are a bit gruesome. The identity of the murderer is not obvious and we get clues as the main characters do. I really liked Matt and Kiernan. I loved Kiernan’s t-shirts and his outlook on life was positive for all he had experienced growing up, his failed relationships and what he has to experience as a result of his being able to communicate with the dead. The romance developing while working on the murder case together was not unreasonable and for me, it gave balance to the sadness and tragedy that surrounded the little girl’s death.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It is a mystery, paranormal thriller, romance. I would love to see a sequel and revisit Matt and Kieran. I have been told that the audiobook is really good too. As I tend to listen to books that I have read, this one is up in the top of my tblt (to be listened to) list.

Happy Reading,

Melyna

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