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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Betty Cries . . . A Jake St. Johns Novel by James A. Leyshon is an engaging urban fantasy with a sophisticated protagonist. In this novel, the author introduces readers to Jake St. John, a seemingly normal guy with a unique gift. Jake has the gift of seeing ghosts, but he is baffled that he can hear the crying sounds of a little girl, the only ghost he can’t see. This is disturbing and happens every morning when he wakes up. But finding Betty is like finding a new mission and what she requires of him is far more challenging than he might have imagined. Is Jake up for the task?
There is an eerie creepiness that permeates the writing and at any moment, the reader expects something sinister to happen. This is a story that is skillfully written for fans of the paranormal. The characters are well-imagined and written with humanity. The descriptive nature of the prose captivated me and I enjoyed how James A. Leyshon uses the elements of the setting to enhance the way the characters feel and think. The imagery is strong and allows readers to easily visualize the scenes and to feel the characters. It is this cinematic nature of the writing that had me gripped from the very start of the story until the end. The stream of consciousness plunges the reader into the psyche of the characters, a technique that creates a strong bond between the reader and the characters. Betty Cries . . . A Jake St. Johns Novel is a great work of art, entertaining and engrossing, a delectable read filled with compassion and pathos.