Season of the Ghost
List Price: $14.95
Paperback: 264 pages
Weight: 0.84 lb
Genre: Mystery, Detective, Crime, Thriller, Suspense
Looking at the arrangement of chairs by the sheriff’s desk, Deputy Pete Matson broke the silence. “Have a party here this afternoon?”
Pulling himself to the desk, Sheriff Joe Redfield sat forward, resting his elbows on the surface. “Huh… No, Pete, just some people came in.”
“No, well, yes… another contact with… well, sighting of that ghost, you know the story.”
“So what, it happens quite often this time of year.” Pete said casually.
“Right, Season of the Ghost as you so often eloquently put it.”
Smiling, Pete moved forward, scraping the chair as he did, leaning on the sheriff’s desk.
Looking directly at Pete, Joe pointed. “Do you believe in ghosts, Pete?”
“Let’s just say the jury is still out on that one. I don’t believe straight up, but I don’t disbelieve either. I would be open to… well, you know…” Pete sat back in his chair.
Joe lifted his feet, dropping them to the floor with a thud and spun to face Pete, choosing his next words carefully. “That’s the whole ballgame, Pete, a ghost. Everything always points back to that damn ghost story. Do you see it any other way?”
“If that’s your case Joe, then go for it, but you might have a hard time selling that pitch to anybody. You might want to think it through first on just how you want to approach that theory.” Pete leaned forward, speaking softer. “You know Joe, I do agree with you… well, somewhat… well, I don’t know how in the hell you are going to prove a ghost did, or had anything to do with, or that anything, involves a ghost.”
Nodding in agreement, Joe looked up at his deputy. “That’s the rub, Pete. What the hell else am I suppose to believe? Look at the simple facts. This ghost appears… well, next thing you know, a couple of kids are found naked, dead and frozen solid. So Pete, how would you answer that one?”
“I guess we have our work cut out for us then, now don’t we?” Pete sighed. “Like I said Joe, I’m right there with you, but how do we prove any of this, I mean. Wait, so are you saying maybe this isn’t a ghost story?”
“Don’t know that either.” Joe rubbed his hands across his face again. “The only way this works is if it is in fact a ghost story, but again that’s the rub.”
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite 4/13/2020 – 4 stars
Season of the Ghost is a work of thriller and mystery fiction penned by author Don Meyer. A speculative story with some interesting paranormal twists, this entertaining read combines crime and detective-style storytelling with a murder mystery and many of the tropes of traditional ghost stories. What results is a real predicament for protagonist Joe Redfield, a small-town sheriff who is quite literally haunted by the titular Season of the Ghost. At this time of year, the cold air brings out people’s worst fears, so when someone – or something – starts committing murders in a recreation of the town’s most famous ghost story, the hunt is on to find the truth.
One of the great strengths of this novel is its commitment to atmosphere, which is presented with vivid description and a chilling sense of locations, weather, and settings which really give you chills. The central plot is filled with great ideas, and author Don Meyer does a good job of surprising the reader with plot twists and pitfalls that keep Joe (and us) guessing. The central tension of whether or not we choose to believe in ghosts is really well maintained, right up to the novel’s fascinating and quite satisfying conclusion. Overall, Season of the Ghost is a good solid thriller novel that is recommended for readers seeking new thrills and a mystery that genuinely doesn’t let up until the final page.