Title: Wight Mischief 2nd edition
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Tiferet Design
Publication Date: June 1, 2018
length: 216 pages
Reviewed by Erin
A ghost of a chance at love.
Personal trainer Will Golding has been looking forward to a getaway with his best friend, Baz, a journalist researching a book on ghosts. But on the first day of their camping trip on the Isle of Wight, Will takes a walk on a secluded beach and spies a beautiful young man skinny-dipping by moonlight. Ethereally pale, he’s too perfect to be real—or is he?
Lonely author Marcus Devereux is just as entranced by the tall athlete he encounters on the beach, but he’s spent the years since his parents’ violent death building a wall around his heart, and the thought of letting Will scale it is terrifying. Marcus’s albinism gives him his otherworldly appearance and leaves him reluctant to go out in daylight, his reclusiveness encouraged by his guardian—who warns him to stay away from Will and Baz.
The attraction between Will and Marcus can’t be denied—but neither can the danger of the secrets haunting Marcus’s past, as one “accident” after another strikes Will and Baz. If they don’t watch their step, they could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.
A mystery that's not really a mystery at all, Wight Mischief by J.L. Merrow was a bit of a miss for me. This is a re-release and never having read the first edition, I can't say if anything has been changed or if it has, whether that's a good or bad thing. I had a hard time connecting to the characters (neither were particularly likable) and as I prefaced, the mystery of the book wasn't much of one, and definitely not enough to keep my invested in the book.
There's no question that J.L. Merrow is a talented writer. My issues with the book have to do with the plot and the characters, not the writing itself. I really did enjoy the setting--the Isle of Wight--and the ambiance it lends to the story. I found Will particularly sweet, even if a bit clueless, which I tend to like most times, but here not so much. There are moments though when Will's genuine nice nature comes to the forefront and you can't help but root for the guy. Baz was a jerk and I wish the book wouldn't have focused so much on he and Will since it's Marcus who is Will's love interest. And Marcus ... well, he was certainly a difficult character to understand. He was hard from me to connect to so in turn, I wasn't all that invested in his story. His character definitely could have used a bit more fleshing out because there are aspects I was interested in finding out more about.
All in all, this one missed the mark for me but I know there are readers who would enjoy Wight Mischief so I hope you'll give it a try and hope that you enjoy it! I know for myself I'm left with a great urge to visit the Isle of Wight sometime. I bet it's something else!
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