Case One: The Deceit by Lori Zaremba |Review

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Vengeful spirits? Poltergeists? Ghost dogs? Could you go wrong with a book with this type of paranormal element? Every now and then, I will get into a phase where I want to read certain types of books. I found this book when I was I wanted to read about ghost hunting… Is it weird that I have a specific mood about that? I think I may have an ambition to join the paranormal security business… I’m getting sidetracked. Anyway, I found this book and by reading the description I was immediately interested in it because it felt like it would be something unique and interesting that I haven’t read before.


Goodreads description: My job? I hunt ghosts. Not to prove they exist—because I already know they do—but to figure out why they’re still here. My first big case leads me to a mansion on the Chicago Gold Coast, the previous home of a wealthy socialite who lived there until she accidentally fell to her death in 1927. I’ve never been this determined—and excited—to solve a case like this one before. Pity I’m forced to work alongside a man whose sole purpose is to debunk paranormal activity. But the worst part? He’s gorgeous, and the more we work together, the more I realize I might be falling for him. Together we’re delving deeper and deeper into the spiritual world. But the more secrets we uncover, the more pissed off these ghosts become; and that’s when I start to realize…we might be in way over our heads.


Have you ever watched a scary movie alone at night? or even watched the investigation discovery channel when they are playing episodes on haunted houses? The feeling of suspense and terror that you know something terrible is about to happen… Yeah, that doesn’t really happen in this book. While this book is a story about ghosts, I never felt scared – which is usually what I want when I’m in the mood for a ghost story. I like my paranormal ghost stories to be thrilling and suspenseful, and this one didn’t succeed in that tone. It read more like an episode of a dramedy sitcom. That’s how I imagined this story would play out. Despite it not being what I expected, I enjoyed reading it. Parts of the book really made me laugh out loud because some of the characters were a little eccentric, and I can relate to that.


I plan to read the next book in the series because I think the author did have a unique perspective on the paranormal category. She wrote the book in a very intriguing way. One of the characters in the book is a psychic and can communicate with the ghosts; however, the author doesn’t portray the communication in standard dialogue. Instead, she switches the narration to cover the POV of the spirit in which she is communicating. I think this was a more effective way of explaining what happened to the spirit because the reader is able to read about her thoughts, emotions, or whatever. It really made the story more interesting. Basically, it had a minor story unraveling within the bigger story.


If you like ghost stories or paranormal fiction, I would give this book a try unless you prefer a more serious tone. It was really enjoyable, and I am excited to continue the series. But, I will probably continue to look for a ghost story that truly terrifies me. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know! If you’r interested in checking this out, I will leave the amazon link below. I read this one my kindle app, so it was free with my subscription.

Case One: Deceit by Lori Zaremba

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