Ticket to Die (Southern Ghosts #2) by Elaine Calloway

Ticket to Die

Amazon Description: Amanda Moss never asked for anything—especially the ability to see and hear souls who have passed on. This family “gift” is anything but. All she wants is a normal life, a chance to pursue the artistic career of her dreams: restoring old carousels. When her boyfriend Jake invites her to Zephyr Land—the abandoned amusement park—she jumps at the chance to photograph and analyze the old Victorian carousel not open to the general public. Her findings will land her the apprenticeship she wants—even if she has to talk to a few ghosts along the way.

Jake Mercer, engineer extraordinaire, knows the college professor’s mantra all too well: Publish or Perish. To gain a promotion at his Georgia University, he must uncover something no other engineer has been able to answer. The secrets behind why the roller coaster derailed at Zephyr Land seems an ideal choice, a great opportunity to advance his career.

But when Amanda and Jake arrive at Zephyr Land, things become complicated. Jake discovers the roller coaster derailment wasn’t an accident—it was sabotage. Amanda learns those souls who remain bound to the park will use everything in their power to destroy her life until she helps bring their killer to justice. Only one problem: the villain who sent those souls plummeting to their death ten years ago is still alive and well, and he will soon return to tie up loose ends.
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Amanda and Jake are on the way to an abandoned amusement park. Amanda is supposed to check the carousel and recommend the best way to restore it to it’s original state and all the repairs it needs. It was through Jake’s contractor that’s she’s permitted to do this. They’ve only been dating a little over a month and haven’t spent the night together so this is going to be an experiment of sorts for them. This abandoned amusement park, Zephyr Land,  happens to be in a town called Abandon as well. As we learn, Amanda can talk to ghosts much to her dislike.  Turns out she isn’t the only one with powers. Jake has powers as well that allow him to pick locks and bend them to his will.

We learn that Jake is there to investigate on why the roller coaster derailed and killed a bunch of riders about ten years before. Amanda is creeped out by the park but doesn’t want to interfere with Jake’s investigation and she also doesn’t want to mess up her opportunity as well. Things are okay in the beginning and then they start to go from okay to worse in a quick moment.

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This was a good read. I was attracted to the cover but the description is what really pulled me in. I haven’t read many books with ghosts in them that I have liked but I’m glad to say that this one made it on my like list. The characters are likable and the descriptions of the places and items are lifelike and believable.  The author, Elaine Calloway, is an author that I’ve heard of but hadn’t read before. Since this is the second book in the series, and I hadn’t read the first and liked this so much, I went and purchased the first book! I can’t wait to read it as well and see what it has to offer.

(These are stand a lone books so reading out of order won’t matter)

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354 pages

$4.99 on Kindle

(I received this book free via Smashwords in exchange for my honest review)

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