Season of the Ghost

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
306 Pages
Reviewed on 04/12/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Season of the Ghost is a work of thriller and mystery fiction penned by author Don Meyer. A speculative story with some interesting paranormal twists, this entertaining read combines crime and detective-style storytelling with a murder mystery and many of the tropes of traditional ghost stories. What results is a real predicament for protagonist Joe Redfield, a small-town sheriff who is quite literally haunted by the titular Season of the Ghost. At this time of year, the cold air brings out people’s worst fears, so when someone – or something – starts committing murders in a recreation of the town’s most famous ghost story, the hunt is on to find the truth.

One of the great strengths of this novel is its commitment to atmosphere, which is presented with vivid description and a chilling sense of locations, weather, and settings which really give you chills. The central plot is filled with great ideas, and author Don Meyer does a good job of surprising the reader with plot twists and pitfalls that keep Joe (and us) guessing. The central tension of whether or not we choose to believe in ghosts is really well maintained, right up to the novel’s fascinating and quite satisfying conclusion. Overall, Season of the Ghost is a good solid thriller novel that is recommended for readers seeking new thrills and a mystery that genuinely doesn’t let up until the final page.