A Silence Kept by Theo Fenraven
Title: A Silence Kept
Author: Theo Fenraven
Publisher: Voodoo Lily Press, March 2013
Blurb: Manhattan-based Mikal Gray rents a summer getaway and discovers there’s already someone in residence: a very persistent ghost. His friend, Alice, sends help in the form of a sexy ghost hunter named Seth. Together, they unravel the mystery behind the haunting and discover the heart always searches for what it needs…and often finds it.
Review: This is a great paranormal novella. The writing and editing are solid and the story is very engaging. The ghostly aspect was well done with a strong creepy factor coupled with a sweetness and a sadness that was compelling.
The attraction between Mikal and Seth is irresistible but before they can act on it they have to fix their ghost problem. These guys are worth the wait and the build up is fun to watch.
Mikal has a strong voice laced with humor and self-deprecation. He shows a depth of heart and integrity that plays out in his actions throughout the story.
Seth is hot! He arrives on a motorcycle with accompanying leathers and pretty much has Mikal’s interest from there. Things between the men develop quickly, which is to be expected in a novella. Seth is also sweet, smart, brave, sensitive and funny. What’s not to love?
Thomas is not just a plot device but an integral character in the novella. His story will break your heart. His pain and struggle is made very real to the reader. I found myself wishing he could have his own story where he finally finds the peace and love that everyone deserves.
I measure the greatness of a novella by my sense of whether the story was complete and made sense without being rushed or feeling chopped off but left me wanting more. If, when I’ve finished, I’m left feeling like I wish it had been longer because I wanted to spend more time in that world, then it was a great story. This story succeeded admirably. In fact I would love to revisit these boys in the future to see how things work out for them.
Reviewed by: Nina