Dead People by Edie Ramer

From Goodreads:

When Cassie Taylor talks, ghosts listen. She wants to heal their souls so they can leave earth. Brooding songwriter Luke Rivers wants to give his recently found daughter a normal home, but he discovers his new house in small town Wisconsin is haunted by a ghost with an attitude. His ghost whisperer has an attitude too — even before someone tries to kill her. So why does he have the hots for her? And why does she lust after him? He wants conventional; she wants acceptance. No wonder she thinks men are hard and dead people are easy

This was my very first book by Edie Ramer. I found the book enjoyable overall but it felt really long. I would classify this more as a mystery then a romance, although there were a few steamy scenes for the main characters. The book centers around Cassie, a modern-day ghost whisperer. She is extremely insecure even though she puts on a hard front. She is constantly thinking the worst of herself and doesn’t understand why anyone would have any interest in her “slightly fluffy” exterior. When she is hired to get rid of a ghost in the famous Luke Rivers house she figures it will be just another job in the long line of experiences.

When she arrives to find the ghost Isabel won’t speak to her, Luke staring at her ample booty and an extremely fragile young girl she knows this job won’t be an easy one. She has no experience with live people and the dead one won’t come out to play. Cassie must unravel the mysteries of the house and all the occupants if she is ever going to have peace again.

Luke doesn’t want to like the cute ghost whisperer, but his daughter Erin is completely enamored with her. Since Erin hasn’t shown  much emotion with him other the hatred since she was thrust surprisingly upon him…he wants the ghost whisperer close by. Coming to terms with Cassie’s uniqueness and the new emotion that is tugging at his heart might just be Luke’s undoing.

I really enjoyed the fact that Erin was a “normal sized” woman…though it bugged me that the girl on the cover was as rail thin as normal cover art girls. The picture definitely contradicts the version of Cassie that is spun throughout the book. Not that Edie had much control over that. Just a pet peeve of mine. It was a breath of fresh air to have a heroine described as “soft, carrying 20 extra pounds, curvy”. Cassie’s attitude grated at times though because she is constantly beating herself up. I wanted to shake her and tell her to “OWN IT”. She has grown up being berated and unloved though so I could understand the immediate reaction to tell herself she wasn’t good enough or worthy of love.

That type of personality really helped open up Erin. Poor Erin is just like Cassie. Erin has been taking care of her drug addicted mother for years. When her mom nearly overdoses and Erin calls 911 it sets off a chain of events that lead straight to Luke. Luke didn’t even know he had a daughter and now he’s got a 10-year-old. Erin now has to live with a stranger and the guilt and allegiance to her mother keep her from warming up. Until Cassie walks in.

Erin’s character was so heartbreaking. She is mad, confused and feels incredibly guilty because her mother blames her for calling 911 and getting them in trouble. The conversations with the drug addicted mother Vanessa left me so angry and sad for the little girl. How a mother can inflict that much guilt onto a child is beyond me.

The mystery of who killed Isabel is answered quite quickly and I was slightly disappointed in that. I wanted to try to unravel that mystery myself but it’s made quite clear early on. There was also a TON of point of views in this book. It made it harder to connect to the main characters of Luke and Cassie for a while. We have to look through a ton of people’s eyes and it felt daunting to switch so many times. I wasn’t really interested in knowing what everyone was thinking all the time. I like the allure of trying to figure it all out looking through the main characters eyes. Because of the many points of view, the book felt longer then it should be.

We also meet Cassie’s long time ghost friend Joe. I was pretty confused with his character. In the beginning he seemed to be in love with Cassie but as the book progresses I was left wondering if he were more of an angel and less of a spirit. When all the pieces fall into place and the book reaches its breaking point, Joe becomes the savior. But the way in which he did it is left unanswered so I in turn was kind of confused. However his personality and charming wit make him a completely lovable character. The book would certainly be missing something without him.

Edie takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and there is a theme of accepting yourself, your faults and your strengths woven throughout the book. While there are a couple of steamy areas I think most readers that like contemporary romances will enjoy Dead People. While I don’t read a lot of mystery themed books, I did enjoy this one.

Dead People is a book that will make you forget whats going on around you. Pull you in to a web of lies and misconceptions. Make you think about how you treat people you perceive as “different” and what happens when a little girl gets broken and the only person left to pick up the pieces is a father she has never known. A father that is trying hard to juggle new responsibilities along with an all consuming attraction to someone who won’t make his life any easier.

I give Dead People by Edie Ramer 3.50 stars!

*this book is only available in e format*

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