Scarlet at Crystal River

Darrell and his bride, Erin, are setting out on their honeymoon in Florida and enjoying the lavish home Erin’s boss has offered. Darrell, the history teacher, is curious about the house’s past. But Darrell, the man with a gift he doesn’t necessarily want, is much more concerned about ghosts. He has started his honeymoon off with a warning–there will be two visitors. Darrell is now watching and waiting–worrying is second nature for him, and he would do anything to not have his precious time with Erin spoiled. It doesn’t take long before Darrell experiences the first sign of many that this trip will be anything but quiet and serene.

Scarlet at Crystal River, by Randy Overbeck, follows the journey of Darrell Henshaw as he begins his new life with his true love, Erin. Darrell’s incredible sensitivity to spirits puts their relationship to the test. Always willing to help out and carrying a tremendous amount of guilt from his past, Darrell finds it nearly impossible not to follow up on Natalia’s warning about “two visitors.” When Darrell spots two children and then turns to see they have vanished, he knows it has begun.

I have been following Darrell Henshaw’s adventures for a while now. This is the third book I have read by Randy Overbeck, and I count Darrell and Erin as two of my favorite literary characters. Overbeck has mastered the art of character development, and has again handed readers a main character they will embrace from page one. Darrell is real. He is genuine. And he is, in many ways, the perfect underdog. He sees things he doesn’t want to see and knows things others can’t imagine. As powerful as that gift could make him, Darrell remains humble and uses his gift for good.

Suspense is another of Overbeck’s strong suits. From the first sighting of the two mysterious children, Darrell’s subsequent visions build one upon the other with his anxiety and obsessive compulsive tendencies ramping up. Readers will feel their own anxiety grow alongside Darrell’s. Overbeck is a master at building tension–this is easily a one-sitting read. Readers will become immediately invested in seeing Darrell succeed in solving the mystery surrounding the ghosts in his present while he battles those from his past.

Scarlet at Crystal River is the third book about Darrell and Erin, it is easily a stand-alone read. Overbeck provides plenty of background at the outset, and readers will not feel lost. There is a hint of romance to all of Overbeck’s books, but it is done in an incredibly tasteful manner. Scarlet at Crystal River is a suspenseful paranormal novel with compelling characters and an enigmatic mystery that drives the story to a riveting conclusion.

Pages: 343 | ISBN-10: 1509237879

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