Ghost story? Crime thriller? Season of the Ghost is maybe a little of both, but it never quite reaches what I would consider a thriller, and it isn't particularly creepy either. Strange, maybe, or odd, but it was missing that something that makes your heart race, makes you want to figure it all out. In fact, the whole thing was a little different. Not so much as to be completely original, but it is different - enough to keep me turning the pages to figure out the story's secrets, but the whole of it still left me somewhere in the fair to middlin range.
Some things were a little too easy to figure out while others were more confusing, and I'm not sure if the confusion was intentional to keep the reader guessing or if it that's just the way it was written. There are some odd word choices or spellings throughout the book that are distracting and make the story seem stilted, especially during dialogue.
The characters were much the same for the most part. I did like Sheriff Joe Redfield, but a lot of the characters felt one dimensional, so it was hard to get invested in any of them other than the Sheriff. Of course, he is a major player in this game, so it helps that I liked him at least, but the other characters needed a little more - well, a little more character.
In the end, Season of the Ghost had things I liked and things I didn't, but I did finish it, and I have to say that after everything that happened throughout the story, those last few pages were certainly fitting. They didn't exactly reveal every secret, but it worked for this story.
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June 16, 2020
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite 4/13/2020 - 4 stars
Season of the Ghost is a work of thriller and mystery fiction penned by author Don Meyer. A speculative story with some interesting paranormal twists, this entertaining read combines crime and detective-style storytelling with a murder mystery and many of the tropes of traditional ghost stories. What results is a real predicament for protagonist Joe Redfield, a small-town sheriff who is quite literally haunted by the titular Season of the Ghost. At this time of year, the cold air brings out people's worst fears, so when someone - or something - starts committing murders in a recreation of the town's most famous ghost story, the hunt is on to find the truth.
One of the great strengths of this novel is its commitment to atmosphere, which is presented with vivid description and a chilling sense of locations, weather, and settings which really give you chills. The central plot is filled with great ideas, and author Don Meyer does a good job of surprising the reader with plot twists and pitfalls that keep Joe (and us) guessing. The central tension of whether or not we choose to believe in ghosts is really well maintained, right up to the novel's fascinating and quite satisfying conclusion. Overall, Season of the Ghost is a good solid thriller novel that is recommended for readers seeking new thrills and a mystery that genuinely doesn't let up until the final page.