One Foot in the Grave
(The Mortician’s Daughter #1)
by CC HUnter
Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him.
Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.
But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?
Riley Smith’s father is a mortician who makes the dead more better looking and look alive inside the coffin. One would think he rubs shoulders with the dead, but the truth us, it’s his daughter that deals with the spirits. Yes, Riley sees ghosts, feels their chillingly cold vibes and as much as possible, helps them cross over the light. She’s had this experience for more than a year now, except this time, she encounters one that’s warm, clingy and looks oh so handsomely alive..
But this isn’t only Riley’s dilemma. Lately she feels like his father is turning into an alcoholic and she’s discovering mysteries that surrounds her long departed mother.
Hayden Parker isn’t like any other ghosts. He’s different and he doesn’t really seem intent to see the light. Being with Riley has made him felt more alive and happy unlike never before. He helps her with her predicaments with wayward spirits but doesn’t want to be helped with his own issues. Together, they are a tandem to beat, if only both of them were alive.
I don’t know how CC Hunter does it, but I’ve no doubt in my mind that every book she’s penned becomes a must read in my list. One Foot in the Grave got me sitting at the edge of my seat, one foot dangling, the other one bent under my knee, hunchbacked, hands gripped and my spectacled eyes bloodshot from reading during the ghostly hours of the night.
Yes, I thought this book with a creepy-sounding title deserved to be perused in the middle of the night. I knew it would throw me off the loop and would make me nervous & frightened. CC Hunter delivers… OMG. I wasn’t able to sleep nor even dared wink, because The Mortician’s Daughter is so hauntingly good, beautifully scary and astoundingly ghostly. Love love love every minute of it. I don’t mind the cliffhanger ending; I live for this kind of stories! I am absolutely reading the second book right after this review!