Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Review—One Foot in the Grave (The Mortician’s Daughter #1) by C.C. Hunter

Publisher: Bookends
Published: October 17, 2017
Genre: PNR
Source: E-book
Rating: 4 Stars

Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him. 

Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own. 

But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go? 

Wow. What a whirlwind! It’s no secret that I’m a huge C.C. Hunter fan. The Mortician’s Daughter was unique and totally fun. It had the charm that is Ms. Hunter, all packaged up in a paranormal bow. Riley has a unique gift that allows her to talk to and help spirits cross over. There’s also the teeny tiny fact that her father is a mortician who sometimes brings his work home; without his knowledge. 

What I loved most about this book is that it had a nice blend of romance and mystery. The love interest, Hayden, was such a dreamy character! I was immediately endeared to him—as was Riley. We have a mystery that’s a large part of the main plot and then we also have the smaller mystery on Hayden. And why he’s so different from every other spirit Riley’s ever dealt with. 

I’ll admit that I knew right away the mystery surrounding our lovely guy. It still left me feeling anxious to get the next book! We meet a bunch of quirky characters that make huge impressions on the readers. If you’re looking for a somewhat lighthearted PNR, don’t pass this one up!

*Thank you to the author for providing a free copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

P.P.S. Stayed tuned for book two review (coming up in a few weeks! And the third and final book!).

About the Author:
C. C. Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books, including her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. In addition to winning numerous awards and rave reviews for her novels, C.C. is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and writing coach. In February 2018, Wednesday Books will publish her contemporary young adult and hardcover debut, This Heart of Mine. And the first book of her new paranormal young adult series, The Mortician's Daughter: One Foot in the Grave was released on October 31st 2017. C. C. currently resides in Texas with her husband, junkyard dog, Lady, and whatever wild creatures that meander out from woods surrounding home.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels. www.christie-craig.com

C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply. cc@cchunterbooks.com

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