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Review: Final Night – Kell Shaw

Final Night - Kell Shaw

Genre: Paranormal

LGBTQ+ Category: Ace, Bi, Gay, Lesbian, Trans FTM

Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

Lukie’s been murdered. And she needs answers.

She’s cut a deal with the Underworld to return to the living lands.

But when Lukie returns as an undead revenant, twenty years have passed. Her former sleepy beach-side town is now a roaring tourist hot-spot. Her memory is full of holes and she doesn’t know which of her old friends to trust.

Worse, a monster hunter is stalking her.

Lukie has to stay one step ahead, or return to the Underworld without knowing who killed her, and why….

The Review

Lukie Carpenter was excited about the last night she and her friends would be together. A party was being held at the beach house of Nathel Clearwater’s parents, and it was also the last time her high school band would play together. Her girlfriend Karra refused to sing and walked off, and the other members of the band were not as excited as Lukie was to be playing again, but she wouldn’t give up, and overlooked all her friends’ complaints.

Now it is twenty years later, and Lukie is unaware of how much time has passed since the night of the party – the night she was strangled to death. She’s been in the Underworld, and has made a bargain with one of the ghost lords to return and find her killer. She has six hours to solve a twenty-year old cold case, but first she must adjust to a new world.

Her friend Terek’s dream of owning his own bar has become a reality, but when he sees Lukie, he has no idea who she is. It was at the bar that she first met Cage, a man with powers that enable him to keep new revenants under control, and which saves Terek’s life. As a revenant, she needs to feed off souls, and fortunately Cage was able to stop her from devouring poor Terek.

Two girls died at the hands of the Beachside Strangler. So who was the other girl? With Cage and a police officer named Tamlyn helping, Lukie sets off to investigate what happened on the night of the party at the beach house. Tamlyn is just another crazy surprise in an already crazy night. Besides discovering the killer, Lukie is desperate to find Karra and her dad. But time is running out.

She comes to realize that she was responsible for all the hurt her past friends had suffered – her obsession with music left no room for considering how the rest of her friends in the band felt, and she constantly badgered them to play when they didn’t want to. She even managed to drive Karra away.

Lukie has no idea what deal she made in the Underworld, and what debt she will owe when she finds her killer.

This fascinating mystery does finally get solved, but so many questions remain unanswered, so I will be diving into book two. This was a great coming-of-age story, in addition to the supernatural aspects, twenty years too late.

Five stars.

The Reviewer

I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.

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