Synopsis:What if you could help those who’ve passed on get a second chance—but at the risk of your own life?
Four broken strangers volunteer to become the first humans in North America to join the international VESSELS program. Their bodies will host the Spirits who seek to right past wrongs and earn a chance at Elysium. Disguised inside a homeless shelter in Reno, the program is facilitated by a retired Army officer, a former ER Doctor, and a tech-savvy teen who tracks the Spirits merged with their Vessels through an ancient ritual on the Anaho Indian Reservation. The Vessels only have seven days to succeed—and to survive. But when the vengeful spirit of a serial killer enters one of them, they learn not all Spirits are here for redemption.
My Review:Interesting premise, wherein people who have suffered terrible loses act as hosts (Vessels) for lost souls (Spirits). Throughout their bonding, both the Vessels and Spirits learn to move on.
I thought the characters were decent and the Vessel/Spirit combo became clear why each was "chosen." There was a wide range of diversity, which I appreciated. There is solid character development in the first half.
The serial killer subplot didn't really feel fleshed out, and I would have liked to see it scrapped or expanded. The overall pace was very quick (almost to the point of feeling rushed) and I'm not sure if this is to be a series. If it is, I would like to learn more about the Spirit world and how it all works in a sequel.
Book Details:Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
Number of Pages: 326
ISBN: 1944109080 (ISBN13: 9781944109080)
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