cover image I See You So Close

I See You So Close

M. Dressler. Arcade, $24.99 (264p) ISBN 978-1-948924-89-4

The secrets of a secluded mountain town are revealed in this tense, lyrical sequel to The Last to See Me. Ghost Emma Rose Finnis finds a body to occupy, freeing her to depart the mansion she has haunted for more than 100 years. She ends up in White Bar, a mining town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. While the welcome she receives from the living townspeople is generally warm, the town’s ghostly inhabitants whisper to Emma Rose of something dark hidden in the town’s past. The living townspeople call in ghost hunter Philip Pratt, the villain from book one, to exterminate the other ghosts trapped in White Bar, leading to a race against time as Emma Rose seeks to uncover the truth of how the town’s ghosts came to be and save them from Pratt. Though Dressler’s lyricism becomes stilted at times, she masterfully creates a sense of claustrophobia. Emma Rose’s self-assurance, fury, and mounting suspicion make her a fierce protagonist. Series fans will savor this taut, lushly told tale of secrets and revenge. (Mar.)