Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Ghost Hand Ghost Hand:
PSS Book 1
by Ripley Patton
Ripley Patton

Supplied for review by Ripley Patton

Reviewed By: Jan Butterworth

Olivia Black has a ghost hand, a rare birth defect that means her glowy, see-through hand is presently lit up, making the teen stand out from her peers. Taking a test in calc class one day her ghost hand loses control, plunging into the back of the girl sitting in front of her and pulling something out. The hot new guy, Marcus, helps controls her hand so no one notices and warns Olivia people are out to get her. Figuring he’s crazy, Olivia runs from him, only to find people really are after her. She needs help and Marcus is the only one she can turn to......

I’ve been a witness through social media to the birth of this book; from the writing of an idea into a story, to the editing, designing a book cover, publishing hassles like getting an ISBN; and marketing. I’m delighted to say it’s wonderful and exceeded my expectations. The premise is great; a ghostly hand that can pull problems out of someone. The plot is tightly woven and moves quickly along, with plenty of action and moments where you wonder how they will get out of this. The characters are strong and believable and easily come to life as you read. Revelations are made and there are lots of I-didn’t-see-that-coming moments.

There is a tiny bit of romance but it’s all very innocent, building tension and developing relationships for future books in the series. This is definitely a book suitable for teens but enjoyable for adults too. Try it, you’ll love it. I’m eagerly awaiting the next in the series so I can see what happens next.

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