Wide Open

Wide Open

by Deborah Coates
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Wide Open by Deborah Coates

Wide Open by Deborah Coates is the first book in a series of "startlingly original" (Booklist) contemporary dark fantasy novels set against the sweeping prairies and desolate byways of the American Midwest, creating "a rural backwater where the normal and paranormal seamlessly merge." (Publishers Weekly)

When Sergeant Hallie Michaels comes back to South Dakota from Afghanistan on ten days' compassionate leave, her sister Dell's ghost is waiting at the airport to greet her.

The sheriff says that Dell's death was suicide, but Hallie doesn't believe it. Something happened or Dell's ghost wouldn't still be hanging around. Friends and family, mourning Dell's loss, think Hallie's letting her grief interfere with her judgment.

The one person who seems willing to listen is the deputy sheriff, Boyd Davies, who shows up everywhere and helps when he doesn't have to.

As Hallie asks more questions, she attracts new ghosts, women who disappeared without a trace. Soon, someone's trying to beat her up, burn down her father's ranch, and stop her investigation.

Hallie's going to need Boyd, her friends, and all the ghosts she can find to defeat an enemy who has an unimaginable ancient power at his command.

Wide Open has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, appeared on Locus Magazine's Recommended Reading List for first novels, and was chosen as a Tor.com Reviewer's Choice Pick for Favorite Book of the year. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction claimed that it is "one of the best first novels I've read in a long time" and Library Journal agrees that "fans of urban fantasies should enjoy the kick-ass [heroine]."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765328991
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Series: Hallie Michaels Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.39(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

DEBORAH COATES lives in Ames, Iowa and works for Iowa State University. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's and Strange Horizons, as well as Year's Best Fantasy 6, Best Paranormal Romance, and Best American Fantasy.

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Wide Open 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark, atmospheric and a bit eerie. One of the best contemporary fantasy stories I came across in a long time.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
Hallie Michaels is home from Afghanistan, but not for a good reason. She has been given ten days compassionate leave to come home to bury her sister, Dell. She arrives home full of grief and straight from the war zone where she was recently involved in a firefight that left her dead for seven minutes. Hallie was brought back to life, but you can't say it didn't affect her. She can now see and feel ghosts, and her combat friend and Dell both go with her everywhere. Hallie doesn't understand anything, it seems. She doesn't understand why or how Dell died, and there seems to be controversy about it at the sheriff's office. Some people are saying that Dell committed suicide and Hallie knows that can't be true. She doesn't understand why there are a series of mysterious fires in the area; fires that seem intentional and focused like arson but are started by lightning. She doesn't understand how a man she dated a few times before entering the military is now the head of a new company that is employing more and more people in the area, but none of the employees can describe exactly what the company does. She can't understand whether she likes or dislikes the new deputy in town, Boyd, who seems a part of it all. Most of all, she can't understand why so many women in the area have gone missing in the last few years while she has been away. Deborah Coates has written a knock-your-socks-off story in this debut novel. It is hard to characterize, as there are elements of feminism, of magic, of life on the ranches and farms of South Dakota. Coates has created one of the strongest heroines imaginable in Hallie, a women who has seen a lot and is not ready to roll over and give in to despair. It has crime and fantasy, all the elements mixed into a glorious tale that grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go. The story builds to a gripping finale, one that leaves the reader gasping. This book is recommended for both mystery and fantasy readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book. Kept me enthralled the entire read. Very good, well developed characters. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book would make it seem like a perfect summer read. Unfortunately, I can summarize the plot in a sentence: Hallie deals with rage and picks a fight (but gets foiled by her guardian cop stalker/love interest) over and over, then there's some magic. The end. Except Coates took over 600 nook pages. What a waste of time and $3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than i was expecting. Keeps you guessing til the end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise, fell flat towards the end
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great unique plot and fun to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was ok; i liked the way the story was going, it was just going too slow for me. but it was interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first page, I could not stop reading. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story line (see other reviews for that), but I found it just a little irritating that her main characters we're unable to express themselves in full sentences. Out with it already! For me it didn't get really interesting until about pg 500 of the 615 pages. Fairly good ending; just desserts and all.
islanderEC More than 1 year ago
Wide Open is an enjoyable, contemporary read that captures your attention. With its' heroine serving in the military, her situation fits right in to the problems serving military personnel face when confronted with a tragic familial situation. Add to that a couple of tag-a-long ghosts, and you have the ingredients for a story that holds your attention from the start to the finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not want it to end! One of the best books i have read in a long time! Fantastic writing, so descriptive you feel like your right there! Highly reccomend!!!!!!
Mom_2_4_boyz More than 1 year ago
loved it!`
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TV must have been more boring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a little bit of everything. Mystery, drama, romance, suspense, action, supernatural. A small enough dose of everything which kept it entertaining and not overly done. I was a bit skeptical when I read the description, but I listened to the reviews instead and I do not regret it. I loved it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and novel plot. My only complaint is that Hallie never actually grieves and that is cancer just waiting to get you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. Would have been a great book except for the foul language. Hallie comes home from Afghanistan for the funeral of her sister whose death in am automobile accident is said to be a suicide. Hallie doesn't believe this and begins her investigation into Dell's death. The business Dell worked for is first in line for Hallie's questions. A very unusual story begins to unfold. Hallie's cursing in about every sentence dampens caring for her pain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since this book is a Bram Stoker award nominee, I thought the writing would be as good as early Michael Koryta or even early Stephen King. Suffice it to say, it isn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creepy novel but a very good story made me think about it for weeks after I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book overall. A bit wordy, but the story and its characters kept my interest going and wanting to read to the end. If you can get past the harsh language, you'll enjoy a good read.