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COME HOME, KATIE Book Review

Updated: May 19

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"Come Home, Katie" by J.R. Erickson (Book 1 in Dear Celeste Series), eBook, 361 pages

From GoodReads: What if you died and brought the dead back with you? A terrible hit and run accident took Celeste Cleary's life until doctors managed to bring her back but now she's...different. Once a respected scientist, she walks the thin veil between the living and the dead. As she struggles to return to her former life, Celeste receives an email-a heart-wrenching letter from a stranger, a woman begging for help locating her seventeen-year-old sister, Katie, who vanished a year before. Celeste's first impulse is to say no-what does she know about finding a missing person? But late one snowy night Celeste is drawn into the forest where the spectral form of Katie awaits her and, though the girl does not speak, the message is clear. Katie wants Celeste to uncover the truth behind her disappearance. As Celeste delves into the mystery surrounding Katie's vanishing, she is ensnared in a sinister labyrinth of secrets and lies. Someone doesn't want her to find out the truth and there's nothing they won't do to stop her. Get lost in a dark paranormal mystery that blurs the lines between reality and nightmare.


To say that J.R. Erickson has a new fan would be an understatement!


At first, I thought this was giving "Ghost Whisperer" vibes (you know...the show with Jennifer Love Hewitt). I've never really watched the show but gathered that Melinda could see ghosts/spirits and she tried to help them and understand why they were appearing to her. I mean...I wasn't far off except that Celeste wasn't born with this gift. It manifested after a near death experience.


I haven't spent any real time in Michigan, where this story takes place, but traveled through a few times so I was able to put together a visual in my head as the story unfolded. I have to say that I was about 75% of the way through the book when my brain was still trying to figure out and solve the mystery.


I rate books based on my initial gut reaction upon finishing the book and this was an IMMEDIATE 5 STARS. I will say one thing and it's not a spoiler, I don't like adding spoilers to my reviews. I know that there are people who skip things like prologues and epilogues. This book is not one of the books you should skip the epilogue! Now if you'll excuse me while I surf through this author's published works and decide what to read next!

5/5 Stars


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