Review by Kevin Berry
Title: Ghost Hand
Author: Ripley Patton
Genre: YA paranormal
Ghost Hand is the riveting story of Olivia Black, a teenage girl with a rare paranormal birth defect. Early on in the book she meets Marcus, a bright young man who convinces her that she is in danger from a secret group out to capture people like her. The story proceeds at a good pace, and we learn more about Marcus (and his friends), and Olivia. I liked how there was always an element of suspense in play; once something is revealed or deduced, there is another mystery taking the plot further.
The characters are all clearly portrayed as individuals with their own styles of dialogue, range of vocabulary, all realistically teen in nature, and their own motives. As a reader, you get a good sense of the characters as real people.
This is a first novel, suitable for YA and new adults. The core idea of the PSS birth defect, and how it empowers the person in unusual ways, is quite unique. This is the first book of a trilogy, but can stand alone as an absorbing read by itself. The author, an award-winning short story writer, has a writing style which is immediately engaging, active, direct and realistic, pulling the reader into the action and into the mind of the main character. This is very well done.
I will definitely be following the series, and look forward to the second book. Unquestionably five stars on the basis of plot, character depth and writing style, it’s a book I didn’t want to put down.