elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Closer (A Bay City Paranormal Investigation 4) by Ally Blue

It took me a long time to arrive to this novel since, as I told for the previous book, you really have to read them in order to fully grasp the evolution of Bo and Sam’s story. There is a slow, but direct change in focus, from the paranormal elements of the story towards the more romance novel. That is clear from the beginning of this book, when we find Bo and Sam’s sharing a vacation together as a couple, far from their careers as paranormal investigator and far from Bo’s family obligations. This is an important detail since from the previous novels, it can appear that Sam is rejecting Bo’s family, wife and sons, seeing them as the reason why Bo is not committing with him and their relationship. So it’s important that they share this vacation, but it’s also important that, later in the novel, the author will present proofs that Sam is not trying to distancing Bo from his sons, on the contrary, he is trying to help him regain a relationship with them.

In a way, I think the author is trying to make both Bo than Sam more appealing to the reader, since, well, they are not really “nice” characters. I have always found Bo’s reluctance to commit a little unnerving, and in a way it helped me to understand Sam’s behavior, that sometime was all the same unnerving, especially when it seemed he was letting go of Bo and their relationship too easily, like he was not fighting for it too much. This novel helped me to understand that both Bo and Sam believe in their love, and that it’s only a question to understand how they can overcome all the obstacles to their story, both ordinary than paranormal.

If you considering I’m reviewing this book 3 years later its release, maybe this comment is not so important, but for the first time in the 4 series books I had the feeling there was a closing point between Sam and Bo; not totally is perfected, and right in the last pages the author opens a new possible thread related to Sam and Bo, but not focused on them as a couple. I’m not totally sure we will not find these two in other books, maybe this time as supporting characters.


Amazon: Closer (Bay City Paranormal Investigations)
Amazon Kindle: Closer (Bay City Paranormal Investigations)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 28, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605041440
ISBN-13: 978-1605041445

Series: Bay City Paranormal Investigation
1) Oleander House: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/31109.html
2) What Hides Inside: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1222558.html
3) Twilight: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1252373.html
4) Closer

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle

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Tags: author: ally blue, genre: paranormal, length: novel, review, theme: ghosts

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