(Downside Ghosts, #1)
By: Stacia Kane
Release Date: May 25th, 2010
Genre(s): Adult Urban Fantasy/Romance
My Review: (4.5/5 stars*)
Unholy Ghosts is a roller coaster of emotion. The writing style is unique and takes a little getting used to but once you get past that the story pulls you right in. At times I hated some of the characters but with a burning passion. I found myself screaming inside at everyone's motives but found the ever-unraveling layers of personality depth revitalizing and fascinating. Each character initially seems simple but as the story goes along you find out there is much more than meets the eye; the character development brought the book to life. Chess Putnam the main heroine of the story is fierce and every situation she ends up in she fights her way out. The world is a dark place and each character does the best they can to survive in it under such dreary circumstances. The world building was compelling and dark but nonetheless intriguing. A fantastic start to a UF/PR series.
Chess Putnam is a ghost debunker for the Church of Real Truth ever since the government failed and ghosts roam the Earth freely. She gets paid to rid malevolent ghosts and debunk false occurrences of such things. Life is difficult but she works a side job for a drug lord named Bump which has its perks; cepts make everything just a little bit better in a dreary existence providing a necessary high that dulls the pain of emptiness in the form of pills. But when Bump insists she owes him a lot of money and the only way to pay it back is by ridding ghosts from one of his profitable business areas she has no choice but to agree. While Chess works the case she finds out its so much more than a ghost haunting and definitely beyond what she's ever had to handle. She teams up with Bump's body guard Terrible and together they uncover a plot of pure evil.