Close to You is a fairly short novella set in Stacia Kane'sDownside Ghosts world. The story begins rather playfully as Chess and Terrible play hide and seek in a junkyard, then in a true Downside Ghosts manner, things get spooky fast. Leave it to the pesky ghosts to ruin the fun.
It's always nice to visit with my favorite dysfunctional couple and I enjoyed watching their relationship progress. The story itself is dark and gritty and the song "Close to You" endlessly repeating adds a surreal feel to the narrative. I never would have thought such a syrupy song could be so haunting and serve as a backdrop to a ghost story.
I enjoyed this short story immensely but since I am a greedy reader, I want more Chess and Terrible. I would have loved more sexy times for them. I do appreciate snippets of their life as I patiently await the next installment of the Downside Ghosts series.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a review copy of this book.
Christal and I have a joint review of this novella and Entwined on Badass Book Reviews.