I zipped through the first book of this series and gave it an awesome review. I read book #2 and could feel myself getting a little discouraged but said, its okay,book #3 will wrap all this up. Boy was I wrong. The main character Violet turned into someone I didn't like very much. (very juvenile and not in a good way) Violet was still funny,and I wanted to like her, but just couldn't. She lies through the whole series and when someone is doing something because they care about her, she acts like they are just giving her a hard time. When a cop is just doing his job questioning her, once again, he is just giving her a hard time. When her Aunt asks about her relationship with the new man in her life, the Aunt is giving her a hard time. Violet makes it a point to put stipulations on any information she gives to anyone at any time,and the reasons she can't answer a simple question leaves you baffled. When she finally tells the totally unbelievable things she witnessed at the end of the book, everyone sort of believes her, which I find amazing given her track record. I wouldn't believe a word she says. And to make her even more unlikable, shes annoyed that anyone would question what she saw. Little boy that cried wolf anyone?
*SPOILERS* Three books later,Violet is lying over and over again,so much so that at one point, she outright lies and crosses her fingers behind her back like a 4yr old child so its okay in her mind. A 30ish year old woman acting that way wasn't endearing.
Violet is in a relationship with a man (Doc)that her friend(Nat) has a crush on, but continuously lies and sneaks around behind Nat's back. To make it worse,this behavior occurs through all three books,and you are hoping that the author doesn't go with the predictable choice reference lying to Nat, (that is,the friend catching them together) and that is exactly what happens. Then, if you want to know how they deal with it,you will have to buy book #4(three should be enough). That felt cheap and more like a scheme to get me to buy another book. At this point I've lost all trust in the author to not keep stringing it along just for more book sales.
The story is incredibly weak on mystery. Half the time, I don't understand why Violet thinks anything sinister is going on by the transparent clues that are occurring in her mind. Good thing the author makes something happen at the end, because nothing worthwhile happens anywhere else, unless you get excited over Realty sales.
The ending is out of left field. Bad guy/monster/ghost is the culprit that vanishes in mid air. If that seems unbelievable...it is,even for paranormal lovers,and the way Violet reacts is just as unbelievable. She has just put Nat's life in danger (put others in danger as well),Nat is still missing,and Violet is more concerned about sucking face with Doc. Then Nat shows up to witness said face sucking and is upset over it, "Noooo!", and Violet just shrugs it off like she does everything else, "oh well, I tried to tell you." Nat's fault for not reading her mind.
Even more unbelievable is that Nat even cares at that point. Someone just tried to kill her, how do you trump that for shock value with kissing? I would hope Nat's not that mentally unstable,however, she does start stalking Doc,assisted by Violet,so maybe they both are insane. You would think a first reaction after being kidnapped with the kidnapper intending to murder you, would be, "I'm going home now to change my locks, put bars on my windows and make an appointment with a therapist."
All in all, this book has some funny moments and the author has a way of writing that makes the story easy to follow. If she works on the mystery, dishes out some beefy clues,makes the characters more believable and likable then book #4 could be good. Having said that, I probably wont be buying book #4 and wished I would have stopped at book #1 because, investing any more time on what "could be" after three books just isn't worth the gamble.