Grave Phantoms (Roaring Twenties #3) by Jenn Bennett ★★★


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Grave Phantoms (Roaring Twenties #3)
by Jenn Bennett 
Rating: ★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Synopsis: From the author of Grim Shadows and Bitter Spirits comes the new Roaring Twenties novel in the series hailed as “Boardwalk Empire meets Ghost Hunters, but so much better” (Molly Harper, national bestselling author of the Jane Jameson series).

Feisty flapper Astrid Magnusson is home from college and yearning for the one thing that’s always been off limits: Bo Yeung, her notorious bootlegging brother’s second-in-command. Unfortunately her dream of an easy reunion proves difficult after a violent storm sends a mysterious yacht crashing into the Magnussons’ docks. What’s worse, the boat disappeared a year ago, and the survivors are acting strangely…

Bo has worked with the Magnusson family for years, doing whatever is needed, including keeping his boss’s younger sister out of trouble—and his hands to himself. Of course, that isn’t so easy after Astrid has a haunting vision about the yacht’s disappearance, plunging them into an underground world of old money and dark magic. Danger will drive them closer together, but surviving their own forbidden feelings could be the bigger risk.

REVIEW


A boat turns up at the Magnusson docks that's been missing for a year carrying a bunch of bewildered, possibly amnesiac voyagers. Upon examining the boat, youngest Magnusson, Astrid, suffers a strange, magical reaction to an object she finds there. One she's determined to get to the bottom of, so long as it means being near long-time crush Bo as much as possible.

By far the weakest instalment of the series, which is a shame as it's the final one and sad to have it end so limply. The chemistry found in abundance between the lead characters in the first two books was almost wholly missing here between Bo and Astrid. In fairness, it was a very different set-up -Star-crossed longing in place of fiery passion, and on the younger end of the scale, too. It was a much more innocent, fumbling and awkward affair that, sadly, did very little for me.

I feel like the mystery itself was also weaker and very sparse in terms of page time.

All together, a much slower moving book from Bennett

3 Stars ★★★  A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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