Less ghosts, more quirky goth(ish).
Premise wise, this book hits a home run for me. Tuesday Mooney is a relative loner who spends a lot of time hanging out in her apartment, watching other people via her job as a hospital fundraiser and semi-babysitting the teenager across the hall. At a fundraiser, prominent Boston eccentric, Vincent Pryce, dies at the table with her friend Dex. From that moment on the adventure begins with Pryce posthumously announcing an epic treasure hunt through Boston, a weird happenstance that Tuesday cannot refuse participating in.
Soon Tuesday and Dex race through Boston to solve the mystery while other teams compete against them and the mysterious treasure hunt takes a backseat to the interpersonal relationships of our characters. The beginning of this book grabbed me; it really felt like Ready Player One but less aggressively annoying, but as the book continued all the interesting aspects of it seemed to get dropped. The standout thing in this book is the characters, and while we spend a lot of time with the main group, we are introduced to more and more as the book goes on which honestly muddles things a bit. I wish the author would have just continued on with the story of the hunt and the people involved as everyone else introduced wasn’t nearly as interesting as Tuesday and her crew.
The title and cover of this book seem kinda misleading as well. Tuesday doesn’t talk to ghosts. She sees a “ghost” but I feel like the title expresses much more horror/ghost story imagery than this book actually contains, which will be a plus for some and a negative for others. All in all an entertaining read bogged down in the last half/third.
Title: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts
Author: Kate Racculia
Three Descriptors: Engaging, Quirky, Complex,
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