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Kindred Spirits


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A psychological thriller about a woman who sees ghosts and a widower whose dark truths are uncovered when the past meets the present.

When Kindred Spirits opens there's a sense of urgency. Grace is leaving her home in a rush and escaping to an Airbnb. She had a terrible fight with her boyfriend, Ben, and it ends in violence. Ana is with her. She approves of what happened. But when they arrive at their location Ana disappears. Danny, a widower lives next door. He's having a bad day. His four-year-old Scarlett gave him a hard time settling into bedtime. He's in a sour mood and obsessing over his deceased wife's secrets. He notices Grace's arrival but he makes no moves to help with her stuff.

Ana is the ghost that lives with Grace. This not-so-friendly spirit harasses Grace so she can do her bidding, but she would prefer to focus her energy on her keen agony. Grace can't shake the ghosts, but they're harmless compared to the living.

I could tell from the first chapter that I was reading something special. It's official: this is one of my favorite books of 2022.

Ben knows Grace sees ghosts and uses it to belittle her when they argue.

It stings when someone you expect to handle your feelings as carefully as a baby bird suddenly makes a tight fist around them.

Kindred Spirits is the perfect chilling summer read about ex-boyfriends who won't leave you alone. There's that air of menace when Grace sees his texts:

Overt threats of violence had become a daily occurrence and they hit differently depending on what level of distraction was at my disposal when I read them.

I can relate to the mind games. The story moves you; it's not just the grieving husband. I don't want to oversell it but Eva Barker presents a Masterclass in storytelling. Grace's thoughts show that she thinks she's unhinged, impossible to love. She apologizes a lot and thinks it will work out. These are signs of emotional abuse.

I was immediately drawn into the story of an abusive boyfriend, a ghost, and a widower. It's a book that shows you what writing psychological thrillers are all about. The most intriguing/interesting aspect was how all the major characters were connected.

Kindred Spirits makes me an optimist. Readers who enjoy ghost stories will find comfort here.

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About the author

Eva Barker lives in the north west of England, where she reads and walks avidly. Kindred Spirits is her first novel. view profile

Published on July 28, 2022

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Psychological Thriller

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