by Meg Cabot
• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 2, 2016)
Fifteen years after the release of the first Mediator novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot returns with a deliciously sexy new entry to a fan-favorite series. Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze’s wedded bliss before it begins.
You can take the boy out of the darkness.
But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.
All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).
But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.
From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night.
Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?
What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?
If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.
“‘Nothing ever happened between us Paul,’ I said. He was only trying to get under my skin, the same way he’d tried to get under my bra at graduation. That’s how he operated, much like a chigger, or various other bloodsucking parasites.”
“Jesse gave me one of his lopsided grins, which they should trademark and sell on TV as a female sexual enhancement supplement. They’d make millions.”
“I’d already switched on my computer and typed the words Lucia, asphyxiation, and horse into the search engine of my computer. ‘Oh, great,’ I said when I saw the results. ‘Porn. Why is it always porn? Thank you, World Wide Web.’”
“I thought about grabbing Peggy by her copious red hair and smashing her face into her computer screen, but only briefly. I’d never have done it. Probably.”
“You can’t stand Debbie. Last time we had dinner together, you called her a self-centered harpy and said you hope she gets nail fungus under her gel manicure.”
“Cashboxes, I’ve found, generally aren’t that well made. Or it could be that the people who construct them never anticipated someone throwing them against a cement floor a bunch of times. Amateurs.”
This is Book #7 in a series but listed as a stand-alone – and it had strong legs that held up, although it would of course have been advantageous to have read the previous books, it was not necessary. I am new to this series and this author, so it took a few beats to catch on to the premise, and keep the players and relationships straight. This is an interesting genre hybrid of paranormal, mild NA, older YA romance, two of the three I typically tend to avoid, but I didn’t mind so much as the story was interesting and unique, and the writing style was highly entertaining. I enjoyed the characters, levity, story-line, and creativity. The main character of Suze is rather cranky and snarky, so of course I loved her to pieces. At 400 pages, it was a somewhat slow moving yet intriguing conundrum with complicated layers of secrets from the living and the dead contributing to the mystery, but well worth the effort.
About Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her award-winning adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of bestselling young adult fiction, including The Princess Diaries and the Mediator series. More than twenty-five million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.