Title: Ghost in the Machine
Author: Katie O’Sullivan
Genre: Romantic Suspense
A missing black book that can take down Beacon Hill… and the ghost who holds the answers.
Massachusetts State Trooper Jack MacDonald sees the world in black and white. Good guys versus bad guys. But life isn’t always so simple. When a road crew finds a dead junkie stuffed in a trash bag, Jack’s drawn into a world of shadows where nothing is as simple as it seems. Especially not the dark-haired beauty caught up in the middle.
Maggie Nelson lives in those shadows. Her sister might be the infamous Beacon Hill Madam, but Maggie just wants to stay under the radar and finish college. After her sister’s suspicious death, Maggie finds her own life endangered because of a missing ledger filled with names and numbers. It’s the kind of information that can crush dreams and ruin lives. Or get you killed.
Can a man who doesn’t believe in ghosts keep her safe from the shadows closing in on all sides?
The past 24 hours have been rough on Maggie Nelson. The break-in, getting shot at, her sister’s murder, her sister’s ghost, creepy cops coming onto her, and then there’s Jack MacDonald. He’s a state trooper and he’s investigating her sister’s murder. From the moment they meet, sparks fly. He makes her feel safe and protected. She vows to bring her sister’s murderer to justice. But when the bad guys come after her, she wonders if it’s worth getting killed for. Can Jack keep her safe with the help of her sister’s ghost or will she too wind up in a body bag?
Ghost in the Machine is a gripping paranormal thriller I couldn’t put down. I even dreamt about it. Katie O’Sullivan grabs the reader by the lapels and doesn’t let go until the last page. I love a good paranormal thriller but this one took me by surprise. It’s a well-crafted plot with multiple POV’s, a political intrigue subplot, a full cast of characters, riveting action, and romance between two lost souls. While its premise is suspense, I thoroughly enjoyed the romance between Jack and Maggie. The chemistry is off the charts but the great thing about that is the romance never felt rushed. The slow build-up had me whipping through the pages. The ending was a complete surprise. If you’re looking for a romantic suspense with paranormal elements, you’re going to love Ghost in the Machine. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Katie O’Sullivan is an award-winning author with more than a dozen books to her credit, including The Cape Cod Rules series, My Kind of Crazy, Ghosts Don’t Lie, and the Hot Hunks Steamy Romance series she writes with several other talented authors. Katie also writes the Son of a Mermaid fantasy series for YA readers: Descent, Defiance, Deception, and the yet to be released Destiny (Coming soon.) (Hopefully.) (I’m working on it.)
A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and now lives on Cape Cod with her family and big dogs (Instagram is full of adorable puppy pics), drinking way too much coffee and finding new uses for all the sea glass she obsessively collects from the beach while walking those big dogs. She writes YA and romantic suspense novels, as well as working full time for a high tech company. Which explains all the coffee. (And the wine.)
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N