Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Burning Girl: The Whispers (Whispers #2) by Lisa Unger

Ten years after Eloise Montgomery discovers her psychic abilities, she is a full-fledged working psychic, with a partner and a business. Now, in The Burning Girl, she's discovering some disturbing things: secrets about her genealogy that are, perhaps, best left in the past; that her granddaughter Finley has powers of her own; and that not all of Eloise's visitors actually want to be helped. Some of them are just looking for trouble...

MrsNorthman's Review
The second part of Eloise's story picks up ten years after The Whispers. She's been living with her visions and working with the police and the media  to help solve missing person cases.  Eloise is constantly bombarded by visions and thoughts and it's really taken a toll on her.  She's aged beyond her years and extremely worn out.  But she's totally consumed by these visions. She now working with a friend and private detective, Ray. They help each other with cases and share an all consuming need to help. There is somewhat of a romantic relationship between them, but it's more out of convenience for her.  Even though it's been 14 years since she lost her husband and oldest daughter, she hasn't been able to let go of Alfie.

Eloise starts seeing visions of a "burning girl" and right from the start things are different.  This girl is violent and angry and the smell of smoke lets you know when she's near.  Eloise's mentor, Agatha, has warned her to ignore the girl and send her away.  But, Eloise finds that impossible when she learns another woman in town has seen this same girl.  She's determined to figure out the connection and what this girl is trying to show her.
Eloise's youngest daughter, Amanda, moved away with her own children years ago to get away from her mother's visions.  It's somewhat of  a shocker when they discover Eloise's visions run in the family. That her "gift" wasn't a result of the car accident.  Her oldest granddaughter is experiencing similar visions and even warns her grandmother away from the burning girl.
I liked the first part of the story a little bit more than this one.  It was sad to see that Eloise's "gift" was essentially sucking the life out of her and putting a wedge between her and her daughter. There were too many things that were just left unanswered for me to totally enjoy this short story. I wanted more closure and answers about the burning girl.  With that said, I'm still intrigued to read the third part.  I enjoy Lisa Unger's writing.
3/5 Fangs
*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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