All Lost Thingsby Josh Aterovis
Killian Kendall's life is changing faster than he can keep up. He's graduating from high school, breaking up with his boyfriend, and starting a new job with a private investigator. He's barely settled at his new desk when his ex-boyfriend calls with a desperate plea for help. He wants Killian to prove his new boyfriend is innocent in the shockingly violent murder of his abusive father. Killian reluctantly agrees to take the case, little knowing how complicated - and dangerous - things will become before it's over.
On the home front, Killian's surrogate parents decide to buy a historic mansion and turn it into a bed and breakfast. The house comes with a rich history... and maybe a ghost or two. Killian doesn't want to believe in such things, but he's quickly becoming convinced that something terrible happened to the home's original owners. The century-old mystery both terrifies and tantalizes Killian. In the end, he may be the only one who can uncover the truth.
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It has been a very hectic year for 18 year old Killian Kendall. Not only is he graduating from high school, and looking forward to going away to college with his boyfriend, Asher, but he manages to score a summer intern job with a local private investigator he ran into (literally, with his car). But things start to unravel when, in the final month of school, it becomes apparent that Asher is interested in someone else (perhaps Caleb, a sophomore member of the school Gay/Straight Alliance, who claims to be beaten regularly by his homophobic father), and is planning a future without him. Home life appears a bit shaky too, as his guardians Steve and Adam seem to be arguing about Steve's plans to relocate everyone to operate a bed and breakfast in a large, reportedly-haunted house in the country. And Killian is haunted by disturbing dreams, first of a bloody murder, and later visits from a deceased friend, escalating into strange sensations and visions he has at the house Steve plans to buy. When Caleb is arrested for suspicion of murdering his father, Killian becomes involved in the investigation, adding his safety to Steve and Adam's concerns. This is the third in the "Killian Kendall" series, and the first I have read. It is an extremely well-written, riveting mystery, as well as a commendable "coming of age" story as Killian's faces some difficult changes in his life. The supernatural/psychic subplot is handled intelligently, to the point where even the most cynical reader could not possibly object. Wonderful, realistic fully-drawn characters, both straight and gay, cooperate in tackling obstacles, keeping their sense of humor intact throughout. Despite the age of many of the characters, this is not just a book for teens, but likely can be enjoyed by all ages. I loved it ... and give it five "gifted" stars out of five. - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine