Now existing as a “real ghost,” no longer an imprint (the state she had been trapped in, she later learns) takes Jensen a little time getting used to, but after adjusting, she makes observation-only visits to the woman who was her best friend and her former boyfriend. Shortly thereafter, Jensen discovers what task Amanda Lee has in mind for her: getting the murderer of her friend’s girlfriend to confess his crime by haunting him. Not too keen on Amanda Lee’s suggested approach, possibly involving the intended target’s younger sister, Jensen nevertheless reluctantly agrees to visit the family to see what she can discover.
Aside from her haunting for justice gig, Jensen contends with meeting other ghosts, an unusual being that takes an interest in her, and learning that there is more to Amanda Lee than the psychic originally let on.
The excellent Only the Good Die Young breathes fresh life into the genre with its original premise and thoroughly engaging protagonist. Readers will get sucked into Jensen’s world easily, feeling her experiences as their own. Green creates a vivid portrait of life as a ghost, including the addition of Jensen’s various ghostly friends and acquaintances, all of whom seem as varied and layered as live human beings. Even the embittered and secretive Amanda Lee proves an intriguing character, despite her sometimes devious dealings, and serves as an interesting foil to the straightforward Jensen.
The pace never lags in this narrative infused with a substantial level of suspense and just the right touch of humor. Readers will enjoy Jensen’s foray into the technology and pop culture of the present day. Urban fantasy fans will embrace this new outing, and this reviewer eagerly awaits the next book in this fascinating series.
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Roc (February 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451416996
- ISBN-13: 978-0451416995
Books in the Jensen Murphy series in the order they should be read:
Only the Good Die Young