Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ghost Hand is amazing! If I could give it more stars, I would.
Olivia has a ghost hand, a PSS condition that’s only cropped up within the past decade or so. It looks like a hand, but it can go through things or hold them, and her hand happens to have one more ability – it can pickpocket your soul.
When the new guy in school helps her after her hand goes rogue and pulls some razors from Passion Wainwright – preacher’s kid, goody two-shoes, and cutter – he warns her that she’s in danger. But Olivia isn’t one to just trust a stranger, even if he is kinda cute.
But things go from bad to worse when her house burns down, and her mom is siding with the doctor who wants to run tests on her ghost hand. Olivia has to find out what’s going on – with her ghost hand, the new guy, and the danger he’s warning of – or she may lose her ghost hand forever.
This book surprised me. I kept skipping it because of the title, but when I finally cracked it open, I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Everything is so vivid, from Olivia and her ghost hand, to the dangers she’s up against.
I love Olivia for her spunk. She’s not just “Oh, he’s cute, let me trust him.” She doesn’t swoon or back down. She’s strong and ballsy and fights for the truth. All the characters, really, are amazingly well-formed and realistic and unique.
Ghost Hand grabs you by the collar and keeps you turning the pages until you come to the conclusion – which is only the beginning. I’m itching to get my hands on the next books, and they’ll be jettisoned to the top of my wish list. This is a highly recommended book for anyone who loves contemporary fantasy, sci-fi, or paranormal fiction, and while it’s written with young adults in mind, I think the adult crowd will eat this one up, too.
I loved this book so much, I had to go ahead and buy the entire series.
**There is some swearing in this, but it’s not overused and it fits the character/story when used.