This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Denise Bossarte. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Glamorous by Denise Bossarte
Series: Grace Bishop #1
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal
Release Date: February 1, 2018
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Author, Denise Bossarte
A serial killer preys on homeless girls. Only her powers can stop him.
Grace is a survivor.
Haunted by the memories of the car accident that killed her brother and brought her police career to an end, she's determined to bring wrongdoers to justice as a PI.
Little do her clients know that the accident gave her more than nightmares; it gave her paranormal abilities she can't explain.
When she agrees to help a friend solve a mystery involving missing homeless girls, Grace is drawn into a secret world of Paranorms and The Family that rules them. It's a supernatural haven for potential friends and deadly evil, and this discovery alters her reality forever.
With the killer still at large, Grace must use her powers to put an end to his murder spree, even if she ends up being the one in the cross-hairs.
Glamorous is the first book in the Grace Bishop series, a series that is a must read for fans of mysteries with a paranormal element. Grace Bishop was a cop who in a relatively short period of time lost her parents, became a “mom” to her genius younger brother, only to suffer the loss of her brother after an accident with a drunk driver in which she was the only survivor. With the loss of her entire family, Grace put her time with the force behind her but continued a career in criminal investigation as a private investigator.
The major reason why Grace gave up her time as a police officer was that when Grace woke up in the hospital after the accident, she realized that something was very, very wrong. It took her some time to figure it out, but she realized that she could now see and talk to ghosts as well as read people that she touched. She might have completely lost her mind if it was not for her brother Danny, he had died but his ghost stayed and he was able to help her sort of understand what was going on and together they dealt with the twist in events that Grace experienced.
Grace and Danny had kept their connection a secret, with the exception of Grace’s childhood friend, but that was going to change very quickly. Grace had been contacted by a friend who was in need of her help. He knew that she was a private investigator and that she had connections to the police and that those connections would useful in helping him figure out who attacked and almost killed his friend. Grace was able to her other supernatural ability to get a read on the girl who was attacked and Grace knew immediately that it was no regular attack the girl experienced. Someone was using paranormal powers to lure in their prey.
With prompting from Grace’s brother, they decided that they would share Danny’s existence with their friend Sophie. Sophie was a fortune teller and Grace thought that she might be able to help them better understand her powers as well as gain an understanding of how she could track a supernatural killer. Grace was just looking for answers but what she found was a supernatural community that was run almost mafia style and that she, being an “Aperto Rotto,” was not a welcome addition. With time running out and a killer that had developed an interest in her, Grace was going to get the answers she needed and bring down the killer by any means necessary, even if she had to go it alone
The addition of a supernatural community in Glamorous made for an exciting read that grabbed my interest from the start. The paranormal elements in Glamorous were fantastical but blended very well with the boots to the ground detective work that took place in this story. I liked the relationship between Grace and her brother, they had a real connection. Danny as a character was hard because he was a young character (and he was supposed to be a genius) but he would switch between being juvenile and seeming much older than his eleven years. I get that he was smart but that doesn’t necessarily mean worldly or mature and that threw me off a bit at times. I loved the paranormal community that was developed, despite there being some inconsistencies within that community. Overall, Glamorous was a nice introduction to a series that I definitely want to continue in!
*Thank you to Author Denise Bossarte for this complimentary copy of Glamorous*