Mary Rose – Geoffrey Girard

Happy release day!

Thanks to Adaptive Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

MARY ROSE by Geoffrey Girard (out today – October 17th, 2017)

If you want a ghost story to get you in the Halloween spirit, then this is one to keep on your radar!

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

October is the perfect month for horror books! So when I saw the synopsis for Geoffrey Girard’s MARY ROSE, I was intrigued and I always love a good ghost story.

Mary Rose and her boyfriend Simon are a happy and successful young couple living in Philadelphia. They decide to travel back to Mary Rose’s home in England, so that Simon can meet her parents and ask for their permission to marry her. When they arrive, Simon learns some troubling details about her past. Mary Rose disappeared for 33 days, and when she returned (in the same spot she disappeared from), she had no memory of what happened to her.

Simon becomes obsessed with trying to find out to Mary Rose. He launches his own investigation into the small town in Scotland where it happened. He believes that if he can figure out what happened, then they’ll be able to move on with their lives. He hits a roadblock when no one in the town will talk to him about it.

This is told through both Mary Rose and Simon’s perspectives. She’s clearly getting more bothered and unsettled the longer they stay in England, and then when they travel to Scotland. Simon is purely focused on finding out what really happened to the woman he loves. With people opposing him wherever he turns, he just digs deeper. Will he be able to find out what really happened to her in those 33 days? I felt that the ending tied everything together very well without being unrealistic. It is definitely a ghost story, but that doesn’t become too apparent until towards the end of the book.

Overall, this was a great and creepy read. Perfect choice for October! It had the elements you want in a ghost story without feeling too overdone (if that makes sense). I enjoyed the characters and I couldn’t stop reading until I knew what happened to Mary Rose.

 

What are some other ghost stories to get you into the Halloween spirit?

–Jess

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