My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Ghost Mountain” by Nichole R. Bennett features a reluctant seer who becomes the prime suspect in a murder case because she knows only what the killer could know.
When Cerri and her family move to western South Dakota, her attention is drawn to a murder at the Devils Tower across the border in Wyoming before all the moving boxes are unpacked and the family is settled into their new home. The site, also known as Bears Lodge, is sacred to many Native American nations. Because of this, Cerri’s spirit guide tells her that the murder has profaned the site and she must help the police bring the killer to justice.
Making Cerri the prime suspect in the case is a nice touch, for it’s the very thing many of us think would happen if we suddenly had a psychic impression or a visitation from a spirit guide with detailed information about a murder that hadn’t been released to the public. Cerri–named for the Celtic Goddess Cerridwen by a mother who’s made “hocus-pocus” a way of life–doesn’t want to be drawn into a spiritual, paranormal mission. But she can’t seem to extricate herself from it. Her spirit guide He Who Waits is stubborn; so is Special Agent Joseph Oliver who thinks Cerri belongs in jail.
Bennett has given Cerri a fine mystery to solve, and while she would like to avoid being a special person with a sacred mission, staying out of jail is motivation enough for clearing up the case to she can get on with her life. While the novel could have been made a little stronger if Cerri had grown more into her talents during the book’s 164 pages, the story is well told and engaging.