Friday, July 11, 2014
Although this is technically the second book in the Goodnight Family series, it really is a standalone novel featuring a different character from the first book. Even though I'm a huge stickler about reading things in order, even I would say you could read either one of these books first without any spoiler issues arising.
Our heroine is Daisy Goodnight (little sister to Texas Gothic's Amy Goodnight), a teen who is yanked from her classroom by the FBI and whisked off to Minnesota to help them solve a kidnapping/murder case through her ability to communicate with the dead. Before she knows what's going on, Daisy herself is kidnapped and thrown into a perilous situation that involves ancient Egypt, a mysterious (but hot) boy, and all kinds of unexpected elements that kept me laughing, happy to hang on for the ride.
Daisy has a strong narrative voice that drew me in immediately. I knew from the first page that I was going to have fun with this one, particularly when Daisy tells us at the crime scene: "I like to pretend that I'm all Daisy Goodnight, kick-ass teen psychic, when really most of the time I'm all Please don't let me puke in front of the FBI."
Spirit and Dust is the perfect gripping summer read, with action, adventure, humor and romance, a mystery to be solved, creating that sense of wonder I've come to expect from Clement-Moore's books.
Books in the Goodnight Family series:
1. Texas Gothic
2. Spirit and Dust
Spirit and Dust (#2 in the Goodnight Family series) by Rosemary Clement-Moore (Delacorte Press, 2013)
Also by Rosemary Clement-Moore:
Prom Dates from Hell