Review: Gatekeeper by Debra GlassMonday, May 5, 2008 0:00
I try, I really do, to finish every book I start, especially if I requested it for review. But I got about a third of the way through Gatekeeper and simply couldn’t.
The problem with this book is that there’s an author’s note at the beginning that tells us that our hero, Thomas Benton Smith, a ghost of a Confederate soldier from the American Civil War, was a real person that Ms Glass regularly chats with because she’s a medium. She further dedicates this book to him. The result of this was that I felt slightly uncomfortable. I don’t want to ascribe motives to the author that weren’t there, but all this coupled with the fact that Benton is the hero of the book just gave me a someone-is-creepily-obsessed vibe.
The plot centers around Jillian Drew, who has been denying that she’s a psychic for years. Her sister is abducted by some very bad people, and with the help of a ghost, the aforementioned Thomas Benton Smith, Jillian has to rescue her sister. I got the impression (about the time that I gave up and started skimming) that the problems between Jill, Amy, and the bad men that are out for both of them were far from over. Oh and, of course, Jill meets Benton, is wildly attracted to him, and they have hot monkey sex.
The characters here got on my nerves. Jill is shrill and weepy. She is either about to be terrified, recovering from sheer terror, or simply TSTL. Benton is an asshole of the sort that I thought were pretty much out of style in romances these days. I wanted to knock their heads together.
Maybe this book got better as it went along. I have absolutely no idea. I didn’t connect with any of the characters enough to feel their terror when the evil bad things went after them, and I truly do not care how the question of how a ghost can reside happily ever after with a mortal woman is ever resolved.
I did like the setting–present-day Nashville. I got the impression it’s probably someplace the author is familliar with, and one of my favorite human beings on teh Internets is also a Nashville writer, but I’m afraid the setting and the Civil War history just didn’t make up for the sheer drek that was the rest of the book.
Maybe other people will have better luck with this than I did, but life is too short to waste on something this horrendous.
Evil shadow ghosts known as soul collectors haunted her childhood nightmares, so Nashville PD criminal profiler Jillian Drew did everything possible to turn her back on her psychic abilities. But now her eccentric sister has been abducted and nothing in her criminology background has prepared Jillian for that tragedy — or for Benton Smith, the powerful and devastatingly attractive ghost of a Civil War officer and the only witness to Amy’s abduction.
Fearful of the brazen specter, Jillian nevertheless needs him. Benton is her Gatekeeper, a spirit sworn to protect her from the soul collectors, who attack each time she unleashes her long-dormant psychic senses in an attempt to find her sister.
Yet she must somehow keep the devilishly seductive spirit at arm’s length, for Benton’s soul is at stake — and succumbing to his desires could have dangerous consequences for them both.
You can read an excerpt here.