Series: The Mediator, #7
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, February 2016
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THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN OF MEG CABOT'S BESTSELLING MEDIATOR SERIES FEATURING FAN-FAVORITE GHOST WHISPERER SUSANNAH SIMON
You can take the boy out of the darkness.But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.
All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.
What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.
From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?
Suze Simon’s life is just about perfect. She’s finally engaged to Jesse de Silva, her longtime (once ghostly) love, she’s working towards her dream career as a school counselor, and everything is finally at peace. Well, until a young girl with a bleeding arm and a ghost attached to her comes into the school office. As Suze tries to convince the ghost to let go and head into the next life, a ghost from her past shows up and her perfect life will be just a memory if she can’t save it.
I haven’t read all of the books in the Mediator series, and definitely not in order. Cabot’s easy introduction to the characters and where they are in the story made it easy to jump back in.
I had mixed feelings about Suze. I loved her character and stubborn, sarcastic streak. It gave a great vibrancy to the novel that I’ve come to expect from Cabot’s work. Yet her decision to hide creepy Paul’s advances from Jesse, her fiance, was simply stupid.
You see, Paul has something Suze loves: her old family home, coincidentally the place where Jesse died in his previous life and where they met (he haunted it). His company now holds the deed to the house, and he threatens to tear it down, possibly destroying Jesse’s chance at a second life, unless she goes out with him.
Now here’s where I lost the thread of Suze. Paul is all the bad words you can string together, and then some. He’s arrogant, misogynistic, sexist, despicable, rude, condescending and generally over the top. His blantant disregard for Suze and Jesse’s relationship (let’s ignore the engagement part of it) was so disgusting I had trouble believing this was a Cabot character. And he thought that this attitude…would work?
Instead of telling him to hit the road, Suze goes (grudgingly) along with it while she tries to figure out a backup move. I didn’t get this. I didn’t understand her logic. It was the one true element that completely threw me over, that left me befuddled. What the hell, Suze?
The rest of the story was stellar, but unfortunately was overshadowed by…whatever that was. While I loved the resolution and ending, the Paul storyline just felt…weird.