I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Forgotten Child by Melissa Erin Jackson
Genres: Paranormal, Mystery
Published by Ringtail Press on October 10, 2018
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The dead can speak. They need her to listen.
Ever since Riley Thomas, reluctant medium extraordinaire, accidentally released a malevolent spirit from a Ouija board when she was thirteen, she’s taken a hard pass on scary movies, haunted houses, and cemeteries. Twelve years later, when her best friend pressures her into spending a paranormal investigation weekend at the infamous Jordanville Ranch — former home of deceased serial killer Orin Jacobs — Riley’s still not ready to accept the fact that she can communicate with ghosts.
Shortly after their arrival at the ranch, the spirit of a little boy contacts Riley; a child who went missing — and was never found — in 1973.
In order to put the young boy’s spirit to rest, she has to come to grips with her ability. But how can she solve a mystery that happened a decade before she was born? Especially when someone who knows Orin’s secrets wants to keep the truth buried — no matter the cost.
CW/TW: Adult language, sexual situations, discussions about sexual assault.
Here is what I thought
I am not sure why it took me so long to give this book a try because I really enjoyed it!
It’s about a woman named Riley who can see ghost but she tries to ignore that fact and not put herself in situation where she can see them. She had an incident when she was a child that scared her and so she just would rather avoid things, but her best friend pretty much begs her to go with their friends to a haunted place for the weekend.
She really didn’t want to but felt guilted into it and not only is it a haunted place but it’s the house of a now dead serial killer! So of course she is like please don’t be haunted, please don’t be haunted, so of course it’s haunted! She sees a little boy and at first thought he was lost then finds out he is a ghost. The serial killer Orin Jacobs killed teenage girls, so why is their a young boy in the house. She gets visions of what happened to the boy and realizes that maybe he was the first victim before Orin killed the girls.
She meets a guy Michael while at the ranch and they really hit it off and so when something happens in the cellar that totally freaks her out and she ends up going home early and Michael takes her home. He witnessed what happened and decided he had had enough too. When she goes home though the young ghostly boy follows her! He wants her to figure out what happened so he can be at rest.
Riley starts looking into things as there was one girl who got away and contacts her to see if she would talk about it. She also had a vision about another girl who nobody knows could be connected. Even though Orin is dead there is someone out there who doesn’t want her to figure out what happened.
So I really liked Riley and all the other characters as well. I thought this book was pretty fast paced and I was never bored. I was surprised to find out it was a bit more murder mystery than spooky haunted house. That didn’t disappoint me though because I like murder mysteries. 🙂 I will say that I did think Riley was kind of dumb at times when it came to her search for the truth and can’t really say why because…spoilers! 🙂
Since this is book one I can’t wait for a new book to come out and so I hope it happens soon since this book came out last year! Hope it doesn’t end up a one hit wonder! If you like murder mysteries with some paranormal weaved in it then I would recommend this one! Also if you want to read something a little spooky but not to dark and scary it would be a perfect read for this time of the year.