Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother’s house—and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don’t always stay buried.
When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.
First off, let me say it was a joy to read a book in paperback form again. For ease, I got used to reading books in electronic format (plus, that way nobody can tell what a book hoarder I truly am as there’s no bookshelf evidence), but there’s nothing better than getting into a book with real pages and the scent of paper.
This is my first book by Yasmine Galenorn. Whether it will be my last is unsure at the moment. I liked the book. I just didn’t love it. This is the first in a series and it’s obvious both in the fact the book states that fact and that it sets up the players and the urban fantasy world they live in.
Kerris has been called back to her original home of Whisper Hollow by the Crow Man after her grandmother dies. She is a spirit shaman just like her deceased grandmother and that job is desperately needed in her old stomping grounds. The dead are walking more than usual, there is something deadly afoot, and there are more secrets than any one town should hold awaiting her the second she sets her feet on the soil.
The world is fascinating. Spirit Shamans whose job is to usher the dead to Penelope who guards the gate. Shapeshifters whose job it is to protect those Spirit Shamans so they can do their job. A woman who plays music to calm the spirits—and whose touch is deadly. And 6+ types of spirits to deal with. Not to mention two deadly otherworldy forces who have their own ideas of what should be going on.
Is that enough to catch your interest?
Whisper Hollow is definitely an interesting, dark town.
My main complaint and the thing that has me wondering if I want to pick up another book by the author is that the main character Kerris doesn’t listen. Her best friend and the only person she has kept touch with tells her to trust nobody and tell no one anything. Does she? No. Around everyone, she opens up her mouth and says anything that pops into her head. That became annoying quickly. Not one of my favorite tropes.
The other complaint has nothing to do with the story but everything to do with the fact that editors & layout people do make mistakes in books from any publisher. They had a major issue in this book with leaving out the beginning quotes of dialogue if the quote was at the beginning of a chapter/section – it wasn’t every time, but most of them. That made it hard to know what it was—dialogue or narrative—until I was almost through the paragraph which popped me out of the story. It was very jarring.
But I still give the book 4 stars. Like I said. I liked the story and the world she creates within it. Urban Fantasy is a wonderfully unique genre with so many facets. Whisper Hollow is definitely a new one. Prepare for a whole bunch of new lingo.