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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.
Ghost Flower, by Michele Jaffe ****+ I definitely enjoyed this, and I must say (for all you romantic suspense lovers out there), that it was a lovely homage to Mary Stewart. :) In fact, I guessed the majority of the mystery elements within the first fifteen pages, because I knew it was just like one of Stewart's books! I liked how she used some of the same elements (the Old Man like the ivy tree, secret relationships, one person playing the part of someone else, horses, etc). What was interesting to me was how much more complex Jaffe made this mystery -- in places, almost too complicated, imo. Still, I definitely enjoyed it, and I liked that there were both gay and straight relationships -- and I especially liked that the MC found the person she really wanted. It was a good mystery, and for those who love Mary Stewart, I bet you'll enjoy the comparisons and differences as much as I did (Jaffe manages to trick us using those differences). The story: Aurora disappeared three years ago after her best friend committed suicide (by jumping off the side of a cliff). Now, Aurora's cousins want Eve to pretend to be Aurora, since she looks uncannily similar -- for a portion of Aurora's inheritance. Eve, who's spent too long on the street, needs the money and decides it can't be that big of a deal...right? Soon, however, she's being haunted by the dead best friend and finding that being Aurora is both harder and easier than it should have been -- and too many people aren't happy to see Aurora return. (YA suspense, GLBT themes, released 4/12, publisher: Razorbill)
A/N: This book makes me want to write my own homage to Stewart based on my favorite of her mysteries: Touch Not the Cat...my brain's been playing around with possibilities. :)