"Exit Ghost" Book Review

Written by Zach Rosenberg

Published by Bravado

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Written by Jennifer R. Donohue
2023, 2058 pages, Fiction
Released on March 7th, 2023

Review:

Exit Ghost is a novel that stays with the reader, from the first page to the last. Jennifer Donohue seeks to retell Hamlet in a modern witchy setting, a dark fantasy retelling centered on New Jersey witch Juliet Duncan. Unwilling to accept her father is gone without retribution, Juliet summons up the specter of her father. He promptly reveals that the killer was his best friend Hector, Juliet’s mother’s new fiancee.

Teaming up with her friends and fellow witches, Juliet is left to investigate the truth of the allegation. Struggling with doubts, darkness, and vengeance while she hunts for nothing less than justice. Donohue is no stranger to those who read short stories. Her works have appeared in numerous publications, the author well known for her witty, concise, emotional, and intelligent writing. In Exit Ghost, she brings these talents to the forefront for a sterling book.

What makes the novel shine is its narrator. Juliet is a terrific lead. With the novel told entirely from her perspective, Juliet has a sensational personality. She is sympathetic, flawed, occasionally ruthless, and intelligent. The true joy of the book is her relationships with those around her.

Donohue captures fantastic female friendships—deep bonds in the face of ghosts and vengeance. Magic keeps them together, even through the darkest of times. Donohue keeps the plot going at a firm and brisk pace, injecting Exit Ghost with her humor and humanity all the way through.

A great novel from an accomplished writer.

Grades:

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Zach Rosenberg
Staff Reviewer
Zach Rosenberg is a fantasy and horror writer living in Florida. He appreciates the ocean, wildlife and his love of literature was constantly nurtured growing up where he practically lived in the libraries, reading every horror and fantasy book he could get his hands on. His print debut short story "The Teeth Of the Deeps" is featured in the fifth short story collection from Dead Sea Press.
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