Friday, February 2, 2018

Review: Duck Duck Ghost by Rhys Ford

Duck Duck Ghost (Hellsinger Series #2) by Rhys Ford
Dreamspinner Press
Novel: 214pgs
4 Pants Off
Blurb: Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like. 

Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.

With Wolf’s sister handling Hoxne Grange’s spectral visitors, Tristan finds himself in the unique position of being able to leave home for the first time in forever, but Wolf’s roughshod treatment is the least of his worries. Tristan’s ad-hoc portal for passing spirits seems to be getting fewer and fewer guests, and despite his concern he’s broken his home, Tristan agrees to help Wolf’s cousin, Sey, kick her poltergeist to the proverbial curb.

San Luis Obispo brings its own bushel of troubles. Tristan’s ghost whispering skill is challenged not only by a terrorizing haunting but also by Wolf’s skeptical older cousin, Cin. Bookended by a pair of aggressive Kincaids, Tristan soon finds himself in a spectral battle that threatens not only his sanity but also his relationship with Wolf, the first man he’s ever loved. 

Oh! How I’ve missed a Rhys Ford book. Duck Duck Ghost was a roller coaster ride of scares, thrills, and sexy men. This by far has to be scariest and craziest book by Rhys that I’ve read so far and that’s saying something.

We first met Tristan and Wolf back in Fish and Ghosts. Where Tristan ran a sort of ghost hotel and skeptic debunker of all things supernatural Wolf Kincaid visited to the hotel to prove that Tristan was all types of bat shit crazy. He went looking for ghosts but found love instead. The second book finds the boys relationship on the rocks and Wolf is out again telling Tris he’s still sort of bat shit crazy even after seeing definitive prove that ghosts are real and sometimes they’re out to kill you. 

With Tris being all mad at his lover, and the hotel losing some of its ghostly mojo, a rekindling of love needs to happen. My boys decide to once again to go do a little ghost hunting and they get more than what they bargained for. What sounded like a mild (maybe haunting) turned out to be something that would freak anybody’s freak. 

This book brought us an eclectic mix of characters and ghosts and I was just so in love with it all. I love Tristan’s interaction with his ghostly guests and Rhys does such a remarkable job of making them so memorable that I found myself wanting to know their stories -how they fell in love, how they lived and how they died-. They each brought humour and craziness to an already wonderful story.
Duck Duck Ghost, was one action packed scene after another, and lets keep it 100 I was legit spooked in some scenes there. There ain’t nothing scarier than bat shit crazy kids, and this had one hell of bat shit crazy kid. While I was in love with all those elements I wasn’t a fan of how it all ended. I wanted an epic throw down and the build up felt like it was inevitable but overall I was let down. I felt like it just ended and kept thinking that, this whole ghost thing could have been solved 70pgs are so in. The legit introduction to an actual ghost hunter served no purpose and provided filler or something, like don’t get me wrong I liked him and am intrigued but bud needs to go back to the school of ghostbusters. 

Overall, an entertaining read which left me wanting more especially with that ending (shooketh). DDG is authentically Rhys Ford and it will provide a nice creepy read on a bright sunny afternoon and if you dare a very creepy read in the dead of night while in the dark of your bedroom.  

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