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Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Kathryn Galan
Publisher: Faeriemoon Press
Number of Pages: 234
Published: May 18, 2016
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A red-headed, pink-loving mortician who speaks to the dead.
A moody, unsociable funeral director.
Poppy and Dante from Struck are back.
Something is lingering around Skyview Funeral Home—and it's stealing souls of the dead.
With Dante in tow, Poppy is determined to put a stop to it.
Can she protect those who are trying to cross over, or will her soul be next?
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The root cellar was a small space with a low ceiling. At one point, it probably smelled of apples and potatoes, but now, there was nothing but the scent of lawn mower gas, dirt, and cold stone. Poppy reached into the darkness, searching for the light bulb string. Her fingers connected, and she pulled it on with a click.
Weak light illuminated the usual garden-equipment clutter. Rakes and shovels were piled against a stone wall. Several cans of gasoline sat next to an old lawn mower. Bags of fertilizer and garden fungicide sat beside them. Gladys was nowhere in sight.
A rustle sounded from a darkened corner. Fully expecting to see a rat or trapped bird, she held the bulb in such a way to throw light on it. The door slammed shut behind her.
“Geez!” Poppy lost her grip on the light. The swinging bulb cast rising and falling shadows on the walls. She made a move to push the door open when the lightbulb suddenly shattered, leaving her in darkness.
“Gladys?” Poppy kicked herself for not waiting until morning, when Dante could have accompanied her. The grating sound started up from the corner of the room. It ran slowly along the ground until it stopped in front of her. That’s not Gladys. You walked right into this one.
She clutched the jar to her chest, her heart thumping. “I have the locket, if that’s what you want.”
The answering silence lay across the cellar like a shroud.
“I’ll make you a deal. You leave my dead alone, and I’ll leave the locket right here.” Her voice sounded against the close confines. “Good luck with the sea salt, if that matters.” Poppy inwardly cringed as she felt a trickle of blood from her nose. Dammit. She attempted to put up her barriers, but it was too late.
A heaviness descended upon her shoulders like a mantle. Something lashed out and scratched the skin of her throat.
I could not put this book down, My husband practically had to drag me to bed. This is an awesome story. At times it is kind of creepy, at times a little scary. I want really scared just a little unnerved during a few parts.
The book is about Poppy. She is a mortician at Skyview funeral home. She has the gift of seeing the dead. She talks to her deceased as eh calls them and helps them to figure out if they have unfinished business or just helps them to cross over. As she is tending to the bodies she carries on conversations with them. Until one day someone starts stealing her deceased's spirits before they have a chance to cross over. Not only is he stealing her deceased he is also after Poppy's soul as well. Poppy and her very close friend and the director of the funeral home Dante must figure out a way to put this awful spirit to rest and keep Poppy alive in the meant time.
My only thing I didn't love about this book is I really wish there had of been an epilogue. I would really love to know the after story. The book kind of ended a bit abruptly to me.
The characters in this book are from another book called Stuck also by Clarissa Johal which I have not read yet. This is a stand alone book and really did not need Stuck in order to follow any of this book.
Meet the Author:
Clarissa Johal is the bestselling author of paranormal novels, Poppy, The Island, Voices, Struck and Between. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing, taking pictures of gargoyles, or swinging from a trapeze. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, and every stray animal that darkens their doorstep.
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