Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts
Author: Kate Racculia
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
A dying billionaire sends one woman and a cast of dreamers and rivals on a citywide treasure hunt in this irresistible novel by the author of Bellweather Rhapsody.
Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files DVDs. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies—leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe—Tuesday’s adventure finally begins.
Puzzle-loving Tuesday searches for clue after clue, joined by a ragtag crew: a wisecracking friend, an adoring teen neighbor, and a handsome, cagey young heir. The hunt tests their mettle, and with other teams from around the city also vying for the promised prize—a share of Pryce’s immense wealth—they must move quickly. Pryce’s clues can’t be cracked with sharp wit alone; the searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts (some more vivid than others) and discover their most guarded desires and dreams.
Kate Racculia quickly became one of my favourite authors with her novel, Bellweather Rhapsody. She has such a gift for creating vivid, interesting, flawed characters and that was one of the best things about this novel as well. I was immediately hooked by the premise since the idea of a citywide scavenger hunt is pretty much my dream.
I knew the characters were going to be quirky and well-written, and of course they were. All of them were dynamic, but sometimes they felt a little too precocious, a little too perfect. Sometimes, they fell into cliches and were a little too cool. It was hard to think of them as real people at times.
I had the same problem with the plot. At first, it was exciting and fast-paced and then slowly lost steam. There were things that happened that are far too coincidental and don’t make sense in the context of the novel. The pace began to drag and suddenly the book was far more cutesy than I was expecting it to be.
Perhaps the fault lies with me since I wanted a darker novel, but while this book was fun to read, it doesn’t compare to Bellweather Rhapsody. The best part about it is the writing and the characters, and even those have flaws.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has affected my review in no way.