Tom Gabriel retired, or at least he thought he had. All he wants to do is join his dead wife Carrie, but life and death are never that simple. Gretchen Hebb asks him to find her daughter – Mercy – who works as an investigative journalist for the St. Augustine Record. She was investigating missing children, but has now disappeared herself. Tom begins asking questions, but is forced to take cub reporter – Butterfly Raeburn ‘Rae’ with him. Soon, both are drawn into a dangerous investigation, which will change their lives forever. Little Sally Stackhouse has escaped, and is being chased by Henry Appling – Henry has a hunting rifle.
'Footprints of the Dead' by the brilliant author Tim Ellis, is so original and unlike any other crime novel or thriller that I have ever read. The main character in this novel, Tom Gabriel, has the ability to see and communicate with the dead. This fact has made the story so much more interesting and enjoyable. Now, paranormal mysteries and ghost stories are usually not my piece of cake and at the beginning I was a bit sceptic and thought that I won't like it, however as I began to delve in the story, I realized how mistaken I was.
Tom Gabriel is a retired detective and a widower who has lost interest in life. All he wants to do is end his life so that he may join his dead wife Cassie. This changes one fine day when a woman approaches him and asks him to help her find her missing daughter, investigative journalist Mercy Hebb.
Mercy was investigating several cases of missing children and now she has disappeared herself. Tom is joined by Butterfly Raeburn on this quest, a cub reporter working for the same newspaper as Mercy. Together they make great partners and I really loved the banter going on between them. They actually made me laugh on several occasions.
One thing that I really liked and found helpful in this novel (and for which in my opinion the author deserves high praise), is that at certain points in the novel, the main characters, Tom and Rae, re-check and go over the findings they have made till then, plan ahead and ask themselves certain questions, so that the reader won't get lost in the details, is reminded of certain aspects and has a clearer picture of the case as a whole.
This was my first Tim Ellis book and it won't certainly be my last. It was in fact a fantastic read and I am looking forward to the second book in the Tom Gabriel series.