Sunday, December 30, 2018

ISLAND OF BONES by Gaby Triana

Publisher: Alienhead Press
Published: June 8, 2018
Pages: 239

A haunted Key West resort. Ghosts of a secretive family past. A deadly hurricane.

Ellie Whitaker steps away from her dead-end job and heads for sunny skies in Key West, Florida. She's having to spread her grandmother's ashes about the tropical paradise. Soon Ellie realizes that there is more to Key West than sunny skies and and sandy beaches. Something has been lying dormant, waiting for Ellie's arrival. 

There's treasure, greed, ghosts, and witches in Island of Bones. Gaby Triana does a great job with the rich history and backstory. The characterization is spot on. I like how the suspense builds with the storm in the background. It adds a layer to the story, making it more intriguing. I would definitely live in that house. That climax and ending is exhilarating. There's plenty of near death experiences in this story to satiate any reader. The twists and turns are abundant, but I saw some of them coming. 

Island of Bones defies the typical haunted house tropes. Triana does a great job with the strong female lead. I enjoyed watching Ellie grow as a character. Ellie is tough as nails. Island of Bones is written well, but the dialogue could use a little tweaking. All in all, Island of Bones is a solid read. I look forward to reading the rest of the sequels. I'm definitely going to read Gaby Triana's other work. 

A haunted Key West resort. Ghosts of a secretive family past. A deadly hurricane.

When Ellie Whitaker leaves her dead-end job behind to spread her grandmother's ashes in tropical paradise, the last thing she expected was to face more ghosts. But darkness lurks inside her nana's ancestral home. Ellie's presence stirs up its energies. And as a hurricane creeps closer to the island, she must hurry to discover long-buried truths.

About her treasure-hunting grandfather's death in 1951. About the curse her grandmother left behind. About the innkeeper next door with an evil secret. And the spectral visions she keeps having. Some there to help her. Some to make sure Ellie becomes a ghostly resident of haunted Key West forever.

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