Title: The Medium
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Historical
Page Count: 197 pages
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
To win a heart, he must risk his soul…
Cast out of his family for being a freak, psychic Justin Crump helps others find peace by using his ability. When he’s called upon to release a distressed soul from a haunted house, a child’s angry spirit draws him into a dark mystery. Equally intriguing is the skeptical homeowner, Albert. A man who has buried his sexuality deeper than the grave.
Albert Henderson humors his mother’s wishes by inviting the medium for a visit. While he doubts Justin’s gifts, he can’t deny one truth: the man stirs desire in him that Albert has spent a lifetime denying. Slowly, the walls of his proper life crumble. And when Justin proposes some emotion-free experimentation, neither imagines it might lead to love…and danger.
After learning the terrifying truth about the deceased child’s persecutor, the two men pursue a perpetrator of great evil. When they coax a confession from their quarry, the vengeful spirit unleashes power nearly beyond control. To free the earthbound ghost from the past that holds it shackled, Justin must risk his own soul. And Albert must find the courage to break free of the chains of doubt that will deny him and Justin the future of which they once only dreamed.
Warning: Contains mention of child sexual abuse.
The Medium is well-written and the protagonists are likable, kind and understanding characters.
I do feel that Justin is too confident in his judgement of Albert’s emotions, which is a bit strange – he just met him and can still read his true feelings so easily.
The plot at times seems to drag on for me as Justin and Albert gets to know each other and not much happens. It was the mystery with the spirit that I liked the most, however I didn’t feel like the story could keep up the suspense it had in the beginning, unfortunately. Maybe because the story focused a lot on Albert’s and Justin’s conversations.
The story’s told in dual first person perspective, except for closer to the end where we get to hear some of the spirit’s thoughts, somewhat too coherent and well spoken for a spirit in my opinion. The story didn’t grab me although it was good enough to make me want to find out how it ended. The angst also didn’t effect me much. The child abuse isn’t graphic, merely mentioned in conversation but if you’re easily triggered, be careful.