by Daniel Hecht
THE BLURB: In City of Masks, the first Cree Black novel, parapsychologist Cree and her partner take a case in New Orleans’s Garden District that leaves them fearing for their own lives. The 150-year-old Beauforte House has long stood empty, until Lila Beauforte resumes residence and starts to see some of the house’s secrets literally come to life. Tormented by an insidious and violent presence, Lila finds herself trapped in a life increasingly filled with childhood terrors. It takes Cree’s unconventional take on psychology and her powerful natural empathy with Lila to navigate the dangerous worlds of spirit and memory, as they clash in a terrifying tale of mistaken identity and murder.
MY THOUGHTS: I admit to having a love affair with New Orleans, and a book set in New Orleans is an automatic starter. I love reading books set in the south. City of Masks by Daniel Hecht is no disappointment. It was everything I had hoped it would be.
Recently I read and reviewed Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and was a little disappointed. City of Masks has more than made up for it. This is a cracking good ghost story with a suspenseful story line. Although I didn’t find it scary, it was definitely suspenseful with an excellent plot.
Hecht has captured the atmosphere of New Orleans beautifully and his characters are superbly crafted. We have a family matriarch, her beloved husband dead, as is her adored younger brother. Her son is a ‘man about town’ feckless and bordering on alcoholic. And her daughter Lila, always a little unstable since her teenage years, is seeing ghosts and is hysterical. They say that they are a family without secrets, and to all intents, they seem to be, until Cree starts listening to the ghosts, because ghosts don’t have to keep secrets. . .
4.5☆ I see that there are 3 books in the series. I am looking forward to reading the remaining two, Land of Echoes and Bones of the Barbary Coast.
I listened to City of Masks by Daniel Hecht, narrated by Anna Fields, on audiobook via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2203295561?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1