Review: When They Come Calling

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Book Title: When They Come Calling
Author: Sarah Fleming Mountford
Series: Anna’s Nightmare #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Ghosts, Suspense, Fiction

Date Read: 06/02/16
Pub Date: 04/05/16


Physician Anna Roberts runs a free health clinic in Kansas City where she spends her days taking care of the living and avoiding the spirits of the dead. A late night accident leaves Anna at the mercy of the strange man who saved her life, but Anna soon learns that meeting Jed was no coincidence.

As Anna is drawn into Jed’s dangerous world and a feud three thousand years in the making, she must come to terms with her own secrets and decide what she will do, when they come calling.

When I first spied this book on NetGalley, I was initially drawn to the cover. It was so beautifully creepy! I had seen this one pop up on my Goodreads feed from a couple of friends who had read it, and thought I’d give it a try. At 225 pages, I figured it wasn’t too deep an investment if I ended up not connecting with it.

” I hugged her as much as anyone can hug a strong breeze. She slipped through my fingers and I breathed in the scent of sunshine when she passed around me.”

If you read the plot summary then you know this book has a good bit to do with ghosts. When picking this one up to read, I noticed the jacket blurb was rather short and vague; after reading I realize that is exactly as it should be. The entire story is spoiler central, so I will try to stay away from giving anything away as it seems there was a new twist or bomb dropped within every chapter. There is SO much more to this story than just ghosts. It truly defies genre limitations- if I had to I’d classify it as alternate history meets light romance (think romantic suspense vs. typical romance or erotica) meets thriller. I found myself googling constantly during my reading of this one as I kept questioning what was fiction and what was deemed factual history; the author did a fantastic job of seamless weaving the two together and making this story that is so outrageous it just might be true in another world.

” The lake was picturesque. The pastures, framed by hills and woods, were covered
in a layer of perfect snow.”

One of my favorite aspects of this book were the beautiful descriptions of the scenery; I truly felt a part of the setting and could envision every single chapter as if I was in the story myself. The descriptions of places, characters, even of the ghosts and weather were fantastic! I also surprisingly enjoyed the bit of romance between Anna and Jed; I’m not a huge romance reader but this was just enough to keep me interested in their relationship without making me want to gag. I thought all of the characters were diverse and extremely well-developed. The ending clearly was left open a bit for the next in the series, but the author gave plenty of closure and didn’t leave a giant cliffhanger which I greatly appreciated! I did a little research and found out that the author had a sort of kickstarter fundraiser to gather the money to publish this book; so cool! I’m always interested in a book that has readers backing the author before its even published. She said that book #2 is in the works and I’m anxiously awaiting it!

” Water douses flames every time.”

*I received my copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This did not influence my opinions and all thoughts are mine.

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