Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
What lies beneath… Clare Cermak’s adjusting to a new man in her life—and a lot of ghosts. The passing of Clare’s aunt gave way to a sizeable inheritance of not only money, but also the ability to communicate with the dead. At the same time, she met Zach Slade, a private detective with a rough past, and just like Clare, he’s not yet ready to accept her gift—or his own.
But Clare has another matter to look into. A multimillionaire needs her help after relocating an old ghost town to his mountain estate. The bones of a murdered prospector are making nightly appearances in his guests’ beds. When the gold miner’s ghost contacts Clare, she promises to help find the name of his killer—but someone doesn’t want the past revealed and might find her first…
Ghost Layer is the second in the Ghost Seer series and takes up right after the first book, moving the series along nicely. Clare is still grappling with her gift but is enjoying her new relationship with Zach.
Clare Cermak is trying to learn about the ghosts that are now part of her life, she received her seer gift from her great aunt, and when Clare dies it will pass down to her niece Dory. Clare has not been as diligent with her studying as Enzo, her ghost helper, an energetic Labrador, wants her to be but ghosts from her time period (late 1800’s) are not waiting for her to accept things, as they need help now.
Zach Slade is her friend and lover, they have been together for about six weeks, he is an ex cop newly back in the Denver area working for a private investigator. Zach was injured while on duty several months ago and is learning an ancient technique for fighting using a cane called bartitsu, this will help his confidence so he does not feel so inept at times.
Zach’s boss Tony Rickman hires Clare for a case, a wealthy businessman relocated an old mining town to his property, and the bones of a man long dead have been mysteriously appearing in people’s bed. When Clare begins to delve into the mystery, it seems someone does not want her to know the past, putting her in danger.
I like this series and enjoyed this book as much as the first one, Ghost Seer. I did have to remind myself at times about the timeline, this takes place almost immediately after the first one, and not much has changed, Clare is still struggling with her gift, their relationship is still new and tentative and Zach still does not want to deal with either his brother’s murder or his own gift.
Poor Clare, she just wants to be the accountant she was a few months ago, she is unhappy with what has happened to her life but I do like that she is trying, even asking about the books from her aunt that will give her more knowledge. I love her relationship with Enzo, he has so much energy he makes me tired just by reading about him, he helps as much as he is able and they are so cute together. And although her life is forever altered and she gets grumpy with others and can be stubborn, I like her grit, determination, and even her grudging acceptance.
I liked Zach from the beginning; he is a former cop that has also had to rethink his life. Both Clare and Zach are going through similar issues and I think they gain much from each other as they navigate their new lifestyles. The attraction between them is amazing and they have a hard time being apart and enjoy each other, I like how they are building a friendship along with being lovers. Zach also grows in this story and we learn more about his past and his mother, I am looking forward to seeing more from this enigmatic woman that has past her gift to her son, even if his suppresses it.
The pace of the story works well; Clare and Zach look into the death of a miner in the 1800’s which causes a reaction from someone in our current century bringing danger to Clare. The mystery is intriguing and the ending is predictable but still enjoyable. This can be read as a standalone even though it is the second book, there is a continued story arc that follows from the first book but the author does a great job of recapping so you will not feel lost. There are several secondary characters that I found interesting and look forward to seeing more of, I am definitely excited to see what happens next with this series.
I give Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens 4 stars!