Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore
Series: Goodnight Family, #2
Daisy Goodnight has a special talent for speaking to the dead, making her an invaluable FBI consultant. But talking to spirits and leading them into the afterlife takes a dangerous turn when Daisy is tasked with finding the missing daughter of a powerful mobster.
“I loosed my hold on him, my strength giving out. He dropped into the next world like a pebble into a pond. The Veil shimmered with a promised glimpse into a place outside the walls of time and space, lingered until the moment when my curiosity became a longing ache, then vanished.”
Spirit and Dust is a companion novel to Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Texas Gothic and if you haven’t read the latter, do it now. This novel is regrettably missing a little something of Texas Gothic’s charm. I also expected a more serious tone considering how the book alludes to Daisy’s past experience with a missing little girl. It’s unfortunate the author leaves this storyline uncharted because I’m certain it would have added depth to the story and to Daisy’s character.
At times the book loses sight of its first aim. As Daisy searches for Alexis, she and her companion, Carson, stumble upon a nefarious scheme. The problem is they become so immersed in this tangled plot that it feels like Alexis is forgotten. In fact I got near page 300 where she is mentioned after what felt like a lengthy absent and thought, “Oh yeah, whatever became of her?” This absence becomes a problem when developing Carson’s character because he is supposed to be driven by his need to find her.
There is a lot of action in this book, so much so that at times it felt more like a movie script than a book. And I’m fairly certain Spirit and Dust would have been better had it been more character-driven than action-packed.
Spirit and Dust suffers from a few problematic issues and by the time it’s done, you realize it’s pretty average and having thoroughly enjoyed Texas Gothic, I believe this one could have been better.