Standing up and welcoming everyone to the spiritualist church is something Patrick McLaughlin does most evenings. Most of the faces in the audience are familiar to him, except one. David Hopkirk walks into the West End Spiritualist church in Glasgow and slits his own throat in the middle of a demonstration. Buy why?
Patrick is then catapulted into a case, which sees the death of a child, a failed court case and a family torn apart.
Soon Patrick will have all the pieces of the puzzle but will he be able to fit them together in time?
I've only read a handful of paranormal books and two of these are Emma's first two in her Patrick McLaughlin series which I thoroughly enjoyed. Even though this is not my favourite genre, for some reason this author's work attracts and intrigues me!
Patrick and Jodie are a married couple, but unlike any ordinary couple, they are mediums. They both have the ability to hear and speak with the dead. They pass on messages from the other side to living relatives and vice versa. The burden of having this gift can however be hard to carry at times and can be quite stressful. Dead people are always trying to get into contact with you and their voices swirl around inside your brain all the time.
"Only you can help me."
One night as Patrick is about to begin a medium reading session in his spiritualist church, a man suddenly barges in, walks through the aisle towards Patrick and tells him that he needs his help but that Patrick can only help him once he's dead. At that point to everyone's horror, this man slits his own throat and drops dead in a pool of blood. Patrick, and everyone at the church, is stunned and shocked. What did this poor man mean by that? What happened to him? Why did he kill himself?
Soon Patrick's mind is invaded by this dead man's desperate pleas for help. He learns that his name was David Hopkirk and that he wants Patrick to find out the truth behind his son's death, for which he was held responsible. Patrick decides to help David, but would his paranormal abilities help him prove David's innocence and find the truth? Where will this investigation take him? What did really happen to young Aidan? Was it grief or guilt that pushed David to suicide?
Though part of a series, 'The Suicide Plan' can be read as a standalone and even though it's a short story, it has all the elements found in a full-length novel - an intriguing mystery, an investigation, interesting characters, drama, tragedy and an emotional, tear-jerking ending that I found both satisfying and sad. It is quite fast-paced at times and I ended up devouring it in a very short time.
One aspect of the story that I liked is that Patrick and Jodie's young son also possesses his parents' gift and in my opinion this does not only make the series more interesting but it opens wide the door to the possibilities where the McLaughlins' journey could go in future books.
Even though not a fanatic of paranormal books, I really enjoyed this novella and actually feel quite excited about this series and hope it won't be long till the author writes the next instalment. Highly recommended, especially for those loving good paranormal mysteries.
With thanks to Bloodhound books and to Ms Sarah Hardy for involving me in the blog tour of this book.
Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books.
Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire.
She is the writer of a supernatural crime series based in Glasgow, which she writes under the pen name of Emma L Clapperton.
She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.
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