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From The CriticsAs in her hit novel Pay It Forward, Hyde narrates her latest book from the perspectives of several characters. The shifts in point of view are more intrusive than enlightening, and they ultimately divert the reader's attention. Forty years after Walter Crowley is savagely killed in World War II, his spirit contacts a young marijuana farmer named Michael Steeb through a Ouija board. Walter takes over Michael's body in order to patch things up with an old war buddy, Andrew, who married Walter's fiancée, Mary Ann, after his death. In addition to reconciling with Andrew, Walter uses Michael to seduce Mary Ann, who is well over sixty years old when they are reunited. When Hyde finally reveals why Walter carries a post-mortem grudge against Andrew, and why he has sought out the woman he admittedly loved less than his mother's lemon pie when he was alive, the answers are so anticlimactic and artificial that they hardly warrant all the authorial cleverness.