#ReleaseTour The Ghost in the Mirror (Samuel Dexter #1) by Faith Gibson
This book was equal parts heartbreaking and fascinating but more so enlightening in the way that Samuel Dexter aka Dex or Sammy Lou to his grandmother realized he could see ghosts in the form of his buddies who gave their lives on their last mission but it was more than just seeing a ghost. He could actually talk, in a roundabout way, to these ghosts.
There were really only two prominent people he could see and who kept coming to him in the beginning. Danny, his marine buddy and possibly a lover, and a little girl of 6 or 7 years old that he named Cindy.
The reader learns about Dex the same time Dex learns about himself. After his last mission went bad, leaving him the only survivor, he now has amnesia and remembers nothing of his life prior to the accident.
Throughout the story, fragments of his life come through in bits and pieces but having no recollection of what’s real or not Dex can’t differentiate between the two. He’s determined to put his life back together or at least move forward and he realizes his purpose may be to help these “beings” cross over who can’t seem to go on their own.
With the help of his grandmother, who is a remarkable woman and a blessing for Dex, he begins to look for leads that will help him find closure for Cindy. During his research, he discovers a lot more about himself, about his gift, and he finds others who are willing to help him and for the first time in a really long time he feels like he has a purpose.
The most surprising revelation for Dex was discovering his teenage lover still lived in his hometown and he was still waiting for Dex all these years later. With his memory loss, however, Dex struggles to make a connection and he’s afraid that he may not be the same man now that he was before he left for the marines.
I really enjoyed the mystery and suspense aspect of the story and the “whodoneit” element. I was completely surprised with the findings when they were all presented at the end and everything laid out in the order of events.
The love interest for Dex took a back seat for me especially since nothing really happened until the 95% point in the book. I was glad they reconnected but for me the supernatural and the investigations took my interest and ran away with them.
Dex certainly seems as though he may have nine lives but a couple times he got hurt seemed unnecessary and out of context with the story.
Does Cindy find what she is looking for? She seems very happy where she is and I would definitely recommend reading to find out. Dex still has a long way to go piecing together his memories and this is just the beginning stories of Samuel Dexter. 4.Stars