Synopsis: When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.
But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope; something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way.
Review: I love Seanan McGuire and when I saw that she was releasing a new story, one about the ghosts, I was really looking forward to read it! Besides, how can we resist a different approach regarding ghosts?
Jenna is dead and yet she always wanders amongst the living, trying to win the years she misses to finally join her sister in the afterlife. However, it is not easy to achieve that and our heroine has to work hard to earn the hours that bring her closer to her goal. But something will upset her daily life when the ghosts of New York disappear and that the remaining two are only Jenna as well as her tenacious Delia. Helped by a witch (usually their enemies), Jenna will try to figure out what’s going on to save all the prisoner souls.
It was really interesting to discover such a story with very different ideas. It was quite touching to see that Jenna’s ultimate goal was to find her sister, who had committed suicide shortly before her death. As I said it was a pleasant story to read and if we take into account the fact that the novel is very short too, it is a story that can be fairly quickly read. I am curious to learn more about the witches and the basics of this world, if it is possible to have more soon.