by RJ Sullivan
I won this book from I Read a Book Once, thanks Jonathan!
This is a ghost story about a nerdy computer guy with an obsession over all things Maxine Marie. He purchases a collectable item which brings along more than he bargained for, the ghost of the 50s pin-up girl he idolizes. Maxine is obviously a stand in for Marilyn Monroe and is a sex symbol who died from a drug overdose fifty years before. She died young, so her ghost is still a bit immature
This book doesn’t go too far in depth or description, it goes quickly and doesn’t linger on any scene or issue. The story unfolds quickly and before you know it, poor Daryl is on the outs with his girlfriend, but snuggling up to his pin-up girl obsession!?! Like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods where gods need prayers and someone thinking about them to “live” ghosts need the same thing to keep hanging out. Maxine, as a sex symbol, has quite a bit of energy to tap into. It leads to some interesting scenes!
I really got into this book when Daryl’s girlfriend looks for some help. I really want to check out the websites they refer to, because the help comes from an interesting place which I won’t ruin for you. Also, the helper has some interesting talents which are treated a little like magical realism. It was quite enjoyable because it made me question the world and what we know about it just a little bit. I love those shadowy hints of doubt that allows you believe for a even a little bit, that certain things are possible in the real world.
Lots of ghostly fun which makes you think before you wish for things, because you might just get them! I give Haunting Obsession 3.5 blond bombshell stars.