Girls*Heart* Books: Review: In Cassie's Corner by Dale Mayer

Monday, December 10, 2012

Review: In Cassie's Corner by Dale Mayer

In Cassie's Corner
Dale Mayer
Published January 3rd, 2012
Self Published

Faith and loyalty are tested as a young girl learns what it is to believe -- in herself, in her friends, and in life after death.

Cassie's best friend, bad boy Todd, is gone. Gone as in dead. Gone as in ghost.

But she doesn't realize that when he wakes her in her bedroom and begs her not to believe what they say about him. It's not until the next day when her parents tell her about the accident that she learns the truth...

The police believe Todd was living up to the family name, drinking and driving and coming to a predictable end. It's up to her to find out the truth and clear his name.

Todd is shocked at his sudden change in circumstances...and angry. He struggles with his new ghostly reality, realizing all he's lost as he watches his brother build a relationship with Cassie as the two pair up to find out what really happened to him.

The truth isn't always pretty, and Cassie has to be stronger than ever before. Especially when the whole world seems to be against her.

A few weeks ago, Mayer contacted us about reviewing a selection of her books. While Mel has a mountain of requests to dig through, I decided I could take two of them on; Vampire in Denial and In Cassie's Corner. I haven't read any vampire books for a while, and I am a huge ghost fan, so both of these sounded fun to me. 

In Cassie's Corner is about Cassie Merchant, and how her best friend, Todd, is killed in a car wreck, and his ghost is now lingering around. While the story is original and different, Cassie and I never really made friends.

I loved the idea behind this book, but I don't feel it followed through. There were a lot of plot holes I kept getting stuck in and found it hard to get out of them. Along with that, it didn't seem very realistic in places-- And while yes, it is fiction, I don't believe pragmatic police work and mourning time should be sacrificed. 

Overall this was not the book for me, but I wouldn't discourage anyone from giving it a go...

My Rating:

Freelance writer Dale Mayer lives in the beautiful Okanagan valley in British Columbia, Canada. She's multi-pubbed in nonfiction and is currently writing The Essential Series including The Career Essential Series(The Resume, The Cover Letter, The Interview), Lifestyle Essentials (Ergonomics for today's world, Raising the dyslexic child, etc.), and the Gardening Essential Series, (Beginning with Bulbs, Urban Farming, Gardening for Seeds, etc.).

Stay tuned as she adds to these and several other proposed series. For the last decade, she's written on all of these topics either under her own name or as a ghostwriter. As a researcher and technical writer, Dale has a wealth of knowledge she can't wait to share!

However, fiction is her passion. Here, she writes taut psychological suspense with romance and paranormal elements. She has recently branched out into writing both mystery and urban fantasy books for young adult with the occasional vampire book thrown in just for fun.

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