Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Boundless Deep-Kate Brallier

The Boundless Deep
Kate Brallier
Forge, Mar 2008, $14.95
ISBN: 9780765319722

Kitty Bryant invites her niece Jane and her best friend grad student Liza Donovan to spend their summer break on Nantucket. Liza hopes to learn about people she has been dreaming of, especially nineteenth century whaler Obadiah Young. Aunt Kitty owns the Young estate amongst other properties.

On Nantucket Liza meets and dates whaling museum associate curator Adam Gallagher while Kitty's godson Lucian Theriault is also staying with her. Jane has mixed feelings over the latter as he was both friend and pest when she was growing up, but now is quite a hunk. Meanwhile Liza finds her dreams turning towards erotica while also finding her self drawn to the stairs in which Obadiah’s foreign wife Lucy died and still haunts. With Adam’s help, she investigates what happened to the wife over a century and a half ago; hoping to solve the woman’s death and free her from the dreams that haunt her.

More a romance than a mystery, fans will enjoy this fun paranormal tale starring likable modern day protagonists. The story line is fascinating as much of the clues occur in Liza’s dreams; giving the plot an otherworldly feel to it and frustrating Lucian who competes with a dead man for Liza’s affection. Paranormal romance fans will especially enjoy the well written THE BOUNDLESS DEEP and seek Kate Brallier’s previous similarly unique novel, SEAL ISLAND.

Harriet Klausner

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