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Ghost Shadow (Bone Island, Bk 1)
Ghost Shadow - Bone Island, Bk 1
Author: Heather Graham
There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over. They seek retribution…vengeance…to warn. Among the living, few intuit their presence. — Katie O'Hara is one who can. — As she's drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome years-old murder, whispered warnings from a spectral friend become more an...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780778327912
ISBN-10: 0778327914
Publication Date: 7/1/2010
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 138 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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MELNELYNN avatar reviewed Ghost Shadow (Bone Island, Bk 1) on + 669 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
So the basic story: Katie O'Hara, owner of Katie-okie, a karaoke business that seems to only play at her uncle's bar and restaurant, attempts to purchase a tourist attraction that has been vacant on the island ever since a woman was found murdered in one of the exhibits. The evening before the purchase goes through, she walks past the building and sees the lights on. Katie, of course, goes to investigate the mysterious lights only to find the co-owner of the building, and the man who many believed murdered the woman years before, David Beckett. After David blocks Katie's purchase of the museum, the two wind up teaming up in order to find out who killed the woman, David's ex-fiance, so many years before.

And, oh yeah, did I mention that Katie can see and talk to ghosts?

Katie's constant companion is Bartholomew - a wise-cracking pirate (oops, PRIVATEER) who is determined to keep Katie safe.


Katie's interactions with Bartholomew are hilarious. The ghost learns, though out the book, how to use his ghostly powers in order to do things like turn on the coffee maker, and every interaction with him left me with a smile. Learning a bit about the history of Key West was enjoyable as well, and I found myself researching some of the various historical figures that Graham mentions in the book and learning far more than I've ever learned before about some of the very scary things in Key West.


The relationship between Katie and David just happens. There's no real buildup to it. One minute they meet (or re-meet), they reminisce a bit, and then they're in bed together, even though they've never been in bed together before. There doesn't really seem to be any chemistry between the two of them, aside from chemistry between the sheets. While I loved the interactions between Katie and Bartholomew, the interactions between her and other ghosts is minimal, as while she may see a ghost here or there, or follow one, she doesn't really interact with them very much throughout the book. And the fact that Katie's ability to talk to ghosts is a secret denied readers the opportunity to explore what could have been a very enjoyable part of the story.

I really, really wanted to like this book. I've always enjoyed Graham's work before. This book, however, just fell flat for me. I found myself skipping through the investigative portions of the book due to them feeling very dull to me, and was hoping for so much more of the ghost-talking than I got. I've read Graham's earlier works over and over again, to the point where the binding gets all creased and cracked and you can tell that the book was well loved. This book, however, will likely remain in pristine condition, unfortunately.
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reviewed Ghost Shadow (Bone Island, Bk 1) on + 167 more book reviews
A good first book in the triloghy. I like Privateer Bartholomew-Ghost extraordinaire. Keeps you guessing. Good twist at the end. You's never gues. Best of the trilogy.
ditter avatar reviewed Ghost Shadow (Bone Island, Bk 1) on + 16 more book reviews
What a great book. I Loved the characters and the atmosphere developed in the book. It made me want to live in Key West!..A solid 4 stars from me!
justcyn avatar reviewed Ghost Shadow (Bone Island, Bk 1) on + 148 more book reviews
This is the first book I've read by this author and looking forward to reading more. This is the first book in the series. If you believe in ghosts then you'll like reading this book. I enjoyed the character Bartholomew. Wish I had someone like him to make me coffee in the morning. LOL:)

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