By Faith Gibson
What do you do when you have no memories of your life except the one moment that took everything away?
My name is Dex and I’m a Marine. Somewhere in the horrors of the sand overseas, an explosion took out not only most of my unit but also my memories of everything that happened before that day. When my memories don’t return, the explosion also ends my career in the military. That one moment costs me everything.
Starting from scratch sucks. I don’t even know what foods I like or what types of music I listen to. Am I a boxer or briefs man? Do I like women or men? I also have to figure out what I’m going to do with my life from this point on.
While adjusting to my new life, I start seeing things — things that no one else can see. I think that maybe my head injury caused more than amnesia. When one of my “visions” won’t leave me alone, I have no choice but to believe in ghosts.
Along with the ghosts during the day, at night I dream vividly of two men. But are these two men merely dreams, or are they memories? When one man steps through the door of my hospital room, I have the answer. This man literally tries to lead me down memory lane, culminating in a searing kiss. Too bad my brain isn’t cooperating, because this man is breathtaking.
With the help of my sassy grandmother, I begin to rebuild my life.
I am Samuel Dexter, and these are my stories.
I loved THE GHOST IN THE MIRROR and ended up reading it in one sitting. We have an ex-Marine and his detective ex-boyfriend. We have romance. We have ghosts. We have PI cases to close and a crime to solve. We also have one hell of a sassy grandmother.
Sammy Lou? Oh, hell no. My name was…was…Oh shit. I was pretty sure at that point if Sammy Lou was my real name, I never wanted to recover my memories. Fuck me.
I loved the characters in this story, from Dex to Orlando to Gram to Cindy to Zayden. There are a few more, but I won’t mention them all here. Dex is a nice guy who is fairly easy going considering he lost his entire life history. You’d expect someone in that situation to be filled with anger and frustration, but he’s not. When he realises he’s not hallucinating and is in fact seeing a real ghost, he makes it his mission to help her. This mission has him moving on from the military and becoming a Private Investigator. Orlando is also a good guy that, judging by how he is with his nephew, will make a wonderful father some day. I also respected the hell out of him when he acknowledged the break-up with Dex all those years ago was completely his fault. Dex’s grandmother is hilarious and you can tell that’s where he gets a lot of his personality from. I loved that she was sassy but would always tell Dex off for his sass. The kids, Cindy and Zayden, are both adorable and sweet, with both of their stories breaking my heart.
How unfair was it that I had known the love of not one but two men in my life and couldn’t remember either one.
Don’t be like me and think that the ghosts mentioned in the blurb are metaphors, because they’re not. After his head injury, Dex can see real ghosts. That didn’t phase me though because even though I wasn’t aware it was going to be a paranormal, I just went with the flow. My only issue with the story is that almost everyone believes Dex immediately when he says he sees ghosts. No-one thought he was crazy or blamed his head injury, which I thought was odd.
THE GHOST IN THE MIRROR is told mostly in Dex’s POV, but Orlando does get some one-on-one time with the reader as well. It’s the first book in the series and I for one am looking forward to reading more in the future. I’m not sure if the future books will focus on Dex’s relationship with Orlando, or if they’ll focus on his PI work. In this book, one case gets closed, but another two remain open: the cheating spouse and the ghosts living in his boss’s house. I would like more closure in regards to the missing girls and their families, especially Cindy’s, and maybe we’ll see that in a future book.
The Ghost In The Mirror (Samuel Dexter # 1)
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