One Foot in the Grave (The Mortician’s Daughter #1), by C. C. Hunter
Publish Date: October 31, 2017
Published by: BookEnds
Audiobook Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 7 hrs 18 min (325 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
Her dad’s job is with the dead… and he’s bringing his work home with him.
Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.
But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?
I love me a good ghost story, especially one with a star-crossed romance between the one who sees ghosts and the one who is one. This one hit the nail on the head in that category, although the romance moved a little bit too fast for my tastes at times. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the plot. I’m glad I listened to it because I think if I had read this I would have been more annoyed by how the author described actions so succinctly and without much interest. There was a lot of “I did this and then did that” and didn’t really do much other than detailing daily actions. Like I said, though, since I listened to it I think I minded it less than if I had read it.