THREE AND A HALF STARS.
I finished this book a few weeks ago in February. It was a good read. But something hasn’t set right in my mind.
It starts with a murder. And a ghost. And Colette Iselin, a teenager whose parents just got divorced and who is about to embark on a trip to Paris, France. Which, Ooo La La. Trés bien. I’ve been flirting with ideas of Paris lately. The story took off soaring between a muder, a ghost, and this angsty trip to Paris with some snotty and not-so-snotty kids. Oh, and a few cute guys (Jules, her tour guide in France), which never hurt a tale.
Anyone that knows me, knows I have a special place in my heart for a good ghost story. It had me right from the start. I enjoyed the beginning. It’s somewhere around the middle that this story lost it’s flair and panache for me. I don’t know if it’s because the murder/ghost chapters were too far apart for my liking. Not enough of them. Because, to me, it was more like a great YA romance story rather than a mystery…
to me anyway. Not that the romance was bad. It was interesting and sweet and had triangles and just a basic couple… Always a great tale, IMO. Except when I’m expecting international intrigue and murder more than love.
Long story short, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the story I had in my mind. This is probably just a “me thing” where I get my mind set on something and wind up a little upset when it doesn’t fit.
I’d rec this if you’re more in the mood for love (and love in PARIS is a win!) rather than something that haunts. Again, it was a good, teen angsty, story that just needed more paranormal instances to make it really shine, IMO.
That and maybe a little epilogue to know what happened to Jules and Colette…