One Foot in the Grave
The Mortician’s Daughter #1
by C.C. Hunter
My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him. Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?
I was so happy to get my hand on this book! If you know me, then you know that C.C. Hunter is one of my favorites.
Our main character is Riley and she can talk to ghosts. Her ghosts follow her dad home from work and she helps them crossover. One night she gets two ghosts at the same time, except one doesn’t seem like a regular ghost.
I loved Riley! She was smart, brave, and stood up for what she thought was right. She had a lot on her plate with finding her way in a new town and school, making friends, and trying to be a teenager.
The two ghosts she’s introduced to are Abby and Hayden. Abby wants Riley to get her wedding ring back to give to her sister and to also uncover the truth about what might have happened to her.
Hayden was a different case. Even though he came to Riley like the ghost normally do, she can feel him and he’s not at her dad’s funeral home. They form a relationship and become close. I was actually a fan of this relationship even though he is a ghost. I kept reading to see how their relationship would evolve.
While the author gives you Hayden in all his dreaminess, she also throws another love interest at you with Jacob. He goes to her school and is really pursuing Riley. I liked him too! She gave me a dilemma with who to pick between.
This book also covers a lot of topics such as grief, race, even some harder topics like rape. I wish they would’ve gone into her dads drinking more, but maybe they will in the next book.
Overall, this book sucked me in and I’m ready for the next one in this series. Especially after that ending. I did not see that coming! I’m already coming up with ideas in my head on how it will affect the next book.