Author: Kate Racculia
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: October 8, 2019
Book Description: A handsome stranger. A dead billionaire. A citywide treasure hunt. Tuesday Mooney’s life is about to change…forevermore.
Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files DVDs. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies—leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe—Tuesday’s adventure finally begins.
Puzzle-loving Tuesday searches for clue after clue, joined by a ragtag crew: a wisecracking friend, an adoring teen neighbor, and a handsome, cagey young heir. The hunt tests their mettle, and with other teams from around the city also vying for the promised prize—a share of Pryce’s immense wealth—they must move quickly. Pryce’s clues can’t be cracked with sharp wit alone; the searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts (some more vivid than others) and discover their most guarded desires and dreams.
A deliciously funny ode to imagination, overflowing with love letters to art, from The Westing Game to Madonna to the Knights of the Round Table, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is the perfect read for thrill seekers, wanderers, word lovers, and anyone looking for an escape to the extraordinary.
Rating: 3 Stars
Review: I have been hearing about this book for months now, so I gave in and picked up a copy when it came out. I read Bellweather Rhapsody, Racculia’s previous novel, which feel a little short for me. The premise of this new book sounded really intriguing, but unfortunately this ended up falling a little flat for me also.
This story centers around Tuesday, she is researcher looking for potential donors for the hospital that employs her. She is at the gala, the biggest hospital’s event, when a donor named Vincent Pryce, dies. What sets forth becomes a city-wide scavenger hunt, for a treasure Vincent left behind.
This book had a ton of elements, that it became a little confusing at times. It had humor, ghosts, side characters dealing with difficult issues. Overall, I liked Tuesday, she is a terrific character. However as the story goes on regarding the finding of this treasure, I began to lose interest fast.
I did stick with this one, and the ending was pretty good, but, it was just missing that bit of sparkle that I wanted with this one.
Would love to hear any opinions out there, that you have on this book.
2 replies on “Tuesday Mooney Talks To Ghosts – Book Review”
Looks like we have similar feelings about this one. It was interesting, but completely all over the place. And to be honest, while a fun ride, the ending to the scavenger hunt was kinda confusing for me.
I am so glad you feel that way Jocelyn. It seems everyone just loves this one. You are right about the ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but I was kind of like this is it? It was an awfully long build up for not much reward.
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