Title: Scarecrow's Dream
Through death and time, two souls search for love lost and found.
When Holly Malone staggers into her Manhattan apartment at one-thirty in the morning, she’s shocked to discover more than forty years have passed since her last, vague memory of being involved in a motorcycle crash.
No one can see her, and only a few can hear her—her now-aged aunt, and the man she’d been clinging to when the motorcycle sailed off that icy bridge. Shane Halloran, who everyone assumed died with her on that snow-blind night.
Now, Shane hides behind an assumed identity. The wreck that took Holly’s life was part of a string of not-so-coincidental accidents connected to a play so controversial, someone went to deadly lengths to make sure it never saw the lights of opening night.
As they piece together Holly’s sketchy flashbacks, Shane comes to the heartbreaking realization that the woman he has loved for over forty years could at any moment disappear back into the past. Unless Holly’s memories of then—and now—turn out to be a two-way street.
Warning: Contains one uber-charming black Irish rogue, one feisty heroine who’ll take on the world for him, one eccentric hippie aunt—and two generations of eagles named Joey.
Author: Flo Fitzpatrick
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: June 21, 2016
Genres: Ghost Story, Mystery, Paranormal Romance
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I’m looking back at the blurb trying to remember what it is that first attracted me to Scarecrow’s Dream. Honestly, I look at the cover and I know that’s not it. Maybe it was the possibility of a ghost story, which really is not my regular cuppa. I think possibly I picked it up to read in a weak moment after reading back to back PNRs and wanting a change. Whatever my reasoning was, I’m really glad I took the chance because otherwise I would have missed out on this little gem.
This first person story starts with Holly waking up with vague memories of being in an accident. Feeling out of sorts, she stumbles her way home where she lives with her father to find a strange woman and her dog living in her apartment. The strange woman turns out to be her Aunt Adelaide, her father died years ago and it is no longer 1973. She has gaps in her memory that lead up to her death and she can only be heard but not seen. Things just get crazier from there as Holly’s memories flash back to her with events from the past. Flashes that hint to the fact that her death may not have been an accident.
As crazy as it all sounds, I really enjoyed the book. Holly made for an interesting heroine. A flower child activist and writer/journalist make for quite the combination. Shane was charming and funny. I adored Aunt Adelaide! She comes off as being a bit eccentric without being a nitwit. The story itself was very good. It is told in flashbacks of what has happened with the development of Holly and Shane’s relationship, the actors setting up a list of whodunits, and the events of the time. Present time as Holly slowly gets her memory back, things begin to escalate as each piece of the puzzle falls into place. There’s humor throughout the story as Holly is a very likable character, feisty without being obnoxious. Knowing this was a murder/mystery I spent quite a bit of the time attempting to figure out who the murderer was but eventually I gave up. Kudos to the author for not making it obvious because I never would have ever figured it out.
All this buildup of flashback, puzzle piecing, murders of past and present, all comes to ahead as I hit the last 90%. Here is where it all leads, all the secrets revealed, and I was just…whoa! It was brilliant. Okay a few things did have me thinking “Oh come on! Really?” but, as I finished I concluded, it worked. Going into Scarecrow’s Dream knowing I’m not a murder mystery reader, nor a big fan of ghost stories really didn’t matter. I thoroughly enjoyed and glad I got a chance to read this book.