Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Julian is used to drama, seeing ghosts tends to do that to a person’s life, but when he falls for a man known as the neighborhood murderer–the dead help him uncover secrets no housewife could predict.
Moving into a suburban, middle class, stereotypical neighborhood was never on Julian’s to do list. When his identical twin brother inherits their Aunt’s house in such a place, then finds a good job, Julian reluctantly follows. He expected to feel isolated by being the only gay person on the block, okay, more likely the zip code, but a few nosy housewives eagerly inform him the neighbor across the street is gay, and punned, Mr. Creepersen, due to several murders that occurred in his basement five years ago.
This story sounded interesting and I couldn’t resist reading this. Julian has been with his brother since forever but truly lives a lonely life. Keeping his “gift” a secret and his general shy personality makes it hard for him to open up or get to know people. Neil has quietly lived his life since his husband’s death but live with reminders all the time with how all those in the neighborhood treat him.
Neil lives with the invisible scars from his marriage and the fallout that he lives a quiet life not really allowing anyone in. He opens up to Julian a bit but quickly makes assumptions of his feelings. While Julian opens himself up to the ghosts in order to help Neil get some closure he also opens himself up to more pain and is trying to figure out how to navigate through it.
While I’m not quite as sympathetic towards Neil as I thought I would be I understood what happened to him and how that affects what he does now. His insecurities almost push Julian away but Julian isn’t willing to just give up when he finally found the kind of relationship he has been looking for. While I enjoyed this story I connected with Julian way more than I did with Neil. They seem to be heading off into the future together which was nice but more of a conclusion for these two would have been nice.
The cover art by Melody Pond is nice and gives some good visuals from the story.
ebook, 210 pages
Published: September 1, 2017 by MLR Press
Edition Language: English