Leaving Oscar in the care of her business partner, Bronwyn, Lily and her friend Maya go to the home of an elderly woman who wishes to sell all of her old clothing. Able to sense spirits and vibrations from old garments, Lily experiences a very intense reaction to one dress, around the same time that she hears the cry of what she believes to be La Llorona, a demon who steals children out of the grief of her own loss. As she expects, a child from the neighborhood she is visiting disappears. Resolving to aid in the search for the missing child, Lily realizes she needs the help of Aidan Rhodes. In addition to her task, Lily also has to contend with mythbuster Max Carmichael, as well as the police, when one of her clients dies suspiciously.
This thoroughly enjoyable novel satisfies on multiple levels. Succeeding as a mystery, the author also provides an in-depth look into the magical basis of the universe she creates for the book. An engaging heroine at the forefront of the story, Lily leads a cast of likeable and unique characters easy to distinguish from one another. Skillfully depicting Lily as someone who has always felt herself an outsider trying to find a place in the world where she can belong, Blackwell imbues the narrative with an almost tactile sense and feeling of the city of San Francisco, a place where anyone can discover a niche. With a dash of just the right amount of humor added to the brew, Secondhand Spirits provides the reader with a layered story that does not disappoint. This reviewer looks forward to book two.
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (July 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 045122745X
- ISBN-13: 978-0451227454