Speed Dating with the Dead

I haven't yet done a full Kindle review here yet, but hopefully it's become pretty obvious how much I'm enjoying the convenience of eReading since I'm on the go so much throughout the week.  There are still plenty of books that I consider worth a hardcover purchase, and I still regularly support my local library; but when it comes to taking a chance on an unknown author or intriguing new title, my Kindle really is the bee's knees.  I actually read this book shortly after Halloween - when I was still in the mood for a rather creepy tale - but here's my belated review for those looking for chills that come from somewhere other than outdoors.

 Wayne Wilson, known to everyone as "Digger" is the head of a paranormal investigation team, but he's never believed in ghosts or hauntings. However, seventeen years ago, he promised his wife that if either of them died, they would reunite at their honeymoon location, The White House Inn. Digger made the promise never expecting to lose his wife so soon, but after many long years he leads his team and his seventeen-year-old daughter Kendra back to the Inn, which is rumored to have several ghosts lingering around.

Of course, the ghost hunters are in for quite the surprise when the paranormal nasties start showing up. The malicious spirits begin wreaking gruesome havoc on the unsuspecting guests, the hotel staff, and Digger's team of professionals. And Kendra, the young teen artist who would prefer to lose herself in her sketchbook, might just come face to face with the mother she barely knew.

Scott Nicholson's Speed Dating with the Dead doesn't pull any punches with graphic descriptions and layers of violent paranormal activity. The cast of characters is extensive but quickly dwindles when the spooks show up. Kendra is easily the most likable character and, though chances seem slim with increasing body counts, she's the one readers will most want to see leave the Inn alive. Nicholson does a good job with the story and provides interesting twists and turns throughout. Though at times I may have preferred a milder story, this was a fast-paced book, and was intriguing enough to make me want to check out more of Nicholson's work in the future.

I know Scott Nicholson was running a blog tour a while back, and even though I wasn't participating in the tour, it was neat to read some of his guest posts and see his books gain a bit of presence in the blog world.  Have you read any of Nicholson's works?  Any that you would recommend I check out?

4 Response to "Speed Dating with the Dead"

  1. Sam (Tiny Library) says:
    December 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    I have a sony reader but I use it in a completely different way to you - it's pretty much classics only. I love the Project Gutenberg website!

  2. Author Scott Nicholson says:
    December 14, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Thanks, Lisa, I have considered bringing Kendra and Cody back as a ghost-hunting team!


  3. lisa :) says:
    December 14, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Sam - I love classics too! Emma was my Kindle read before this one, and I'm currently digging into The Count of Monte Cristo!

    Scott - Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on my review! I really like your writing and your ideas and I would definitely be intrigued by a sequel starring Kendra & Cody!

  4. Kate says:
    December 14, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    This title really grabbed me because I went speed dating this year and it was so bad, that it was like speed dating with the dead (lack of personality wise). I'm going to have to pick this one up.

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