In a world where virtual reality and the supernatural eclipse the real world, Mary Catherine Livingston finds herself trapped teaching students who'd rather text than compose, placating a husband who'd prefer to surf porn, and nurturing a teen that wants to be left alone. So she does what any woman would do--no, not move to Italy to gobble pasta or embark on a road trip with a cadre of kooky females. She moves to a haunted mansion and takes up ghost hunting.
Seeing Things is set in Philadelphia's blue-blooded Main Line, where the past just refuses to die. Dark humor, passion, and outright terror meld in a spine-chilling, life-affirming tale of a woman's supernatural voyage of self-discovery and her rekindled ability to love.
|Publisher:||World Castle Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)|
About the Author
Her first publication was at age six, when her lion story was posted outside her first grade classroom. From then on, she was hooked, penning neighborhood dramas, improbable adventure tales, and Gothic romances through her youth. That love of the absurd and quirky never left her.
It also served her well for most of her professional life. Nancy taught literature, film, and writing at various colleges, earning awards for her instruction. She also worked as a journalist, newspaper editor, choir director, and mother. She married her high school sweetheart, with whom she shares three sons, a daughter, and a daughter-in-law. She counts them as her most devoted fans.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not everyone slips quietly into the spiritual ether once their time on Earth is over, a fact known all too well by the protagonist of Nancy Young’s paranormal novel, “Seeing Things.” Whether it’s unfinished business, a penchant for malevolent mischief, or a desire to keep loved ones from harm, ghosts have long been a staple of popular fiction, and Young aptly demonstrates her knowledge of this genre’s appeal, nuances and even clichés. From the very first page, she puts her readers into the scene, including the whimsical expectation of “a cadaverous Mrs. Danvers” to open the front door of Grey Crag, the imposing Main Line manse her intrepid heroine has gone to for a job interview. With DJ – her teenage son in tow – the newly single Mary Catherine is determined to put as much of the past in the rearview mirror as quickly as she can, a decision that puts her in the company of Greg Crag’s elderly owner, Mrs. Parrish. Having had up until now only her cat for company, the effusive Mrs. Parrish is the last leaf on her family tree and eagerly accepts the prospect of having “young” company to help catalogue her memorabilia. It isn’t long, though, before Mary Catherine’s heightened sensitivities make her realize that her new address is quite a full house when it comes to things that go bump in the night. Try as she might to discourage DJ from delving too deep into the mansion’s dark history, his obsession with ghost-hunter television shows prompts him to contact the Paranormal Posse with an invitation to come check out the house for a future episode. (I did have to laugh during these chapters, having channel-surfed on more than one occasion and caught segments of these green-tint productions in which every mysterious noise sounds like the mumbling adults in a “Peanuts” special.) When the film crew arrives, Mary Catherine is less than keen about having them around…and even more wary when she becomes the object of sexy techie Tony’s undisguised affections. With an ego and a heart still badly bruised by her arrogant and neglectful ex, the last thing she wants is another man in her life, especially if Tony’s only end-game is to use the spirited setting as a way to boost network ratings. Snappy repartee is a signature of this new author’s style, as is her ability to craft page-turning, surrealistic imagery that’s worthy of a movie. You may want to sleep with the lights on for a night or two after you finish reading this.