Olivia Black just discovered that her ghost hand, a rare birth defect, can do more than light up a room. It can reach into people and pull things out. Things from the darkest depths of the human psyche never meant to exist in this world.
Olivia can pickpocket the soul.
But she can’t control her ability, or the strange items it extracts, and the only thing between Olivia and the men bent on taking the power of her hand is a boy she barely knows and doesn't trust.
My review 5 of 5 stars
Sometimes when a book sits on my to be read pile for too long I tend to lose interest and put off reading it for a while longer and this one was starting to have the same effect on me. When I agreed to read it, it was because it did sound interesting, so I figured I would just take the plunge and read it. Well, once I started reading I couldn't stop. From the very first few pages I was hooked, so much so that I finished this in a day.
This book starts with action, Olivia's ghost hand starts acting funny and attaches itself to one of her classmates, something it has never done before. From here on in the action is almost non stop. Olivia finds herself trying to figure out the stranger Marcus who insists he is just trying to help her, then she finds herself being stalked by yet another stranger to her town. When she finally gets herself home she discovers she's not even safe there when her home comes under attack from unknown forces. And this is just the beginning of the action.
Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who want to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and the author of Ghost Hand, A Young Adult Paranormal Thriller, and the first book in the PSS Chronicles Series. To find out more about Ripley and her writing check out her website: http://www.ripleypatton.com/ or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am an introvert, and I love M&M's and reality television.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Actually, an agent suggested I write Ghost Hand, but then she went and quit the business before I could finish it, so when I did, I published it myself.
Describe Olivia, your main character, in 5 words.
Snarky, Spunky, Strong-willed, Introverted, and Independent
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book(s)?
What didn't I learn? Since I raised the capital to publish Ghost Hand through Kickstarter, and then published it myself, I learned everything from fundraising, to cover design, to the ins and outs of publishing like buying ISBNs and converting files. It was a huge learning curve, and I enjoyed every minute of it (except the editing-because that sucks).
How long does it take you to write a book?
Ghost Hand took me three years to write, but that process was interrupted by several large earthquakes and a move home from overseas. I have the goal of finishing the first draft of the second book of the series, Ghost Hold, in three months, and so far it's going very well.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am very superstitious when it comes to sharing unfinished work. So, no, you'll just have to wait. I don't want to jinx myself.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Wake up, answer e-mail, eat breakfast, then write until lunch. I usually take a walk after lunch, and then it's back to writing until the husband and kids show up asking "What's for dinner?" In the evenings and on weekends, I try to spend time with my family, but I also do some promotion online as well.
What advice would you give to writers breaking into the publishing world?
You will never be perfect. Your work will never be perfect. But do the best work you can, and get it out there anyway. That is what it means to be a writer, and anyone who tells you differently is afraid of something.
What's your go to movie?
Stranger than Fiction. I LOVE that movie.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
The Little Hermit Who Could
What book are you currently reading?
Ghost Hold, the book I'm writing. And that is very good because I have to write it to find out what happens.
Cats or dogs?
Tap-dancing, Mimes, Clowns, Puppets, and foofy literary writing.