Published: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Soho Teen
Jillian Cade doesn’t believe in the paranormal. But her famous professor father does, and now that he’s gone, she decides to milk his reputation—and all the suckers who believe in the stuff—to open a private investigation firm. After all, a high school junior has to take care of herself, especially if she’s on her own.
Ironically, it’s when she takes on a case that might involve a totally non-paranormal missing person that things get strange. Particularly when Sky Ramsey—a new boy at school and an avid fan of her father’s—forces his way into becoming her partner and won’t shut up about succubi, of all things.
Before Jillian knows it, she finds herself navigating both her growing feelings for Sky and a sneaking suspicion that the poor saps she’s been scamming know something she doesn’t. Yet!
On the surface, this book seems pretty light-hearted and not too serious, but underneath there are some issues that may surprise you. I was quite taken with Jillian. She's basically on her own because of an absentee father, who by the sounds of it is a con man. He's taught Jillian well and she is able to keep herself afloat by solving 'fake' paranormal problems. She's tough and fairly street smart, but inevitably gets in over her head.
Another character I enjoyed was Sky. He was very determined and didn't back away from Jillian and all her negativity towards him. Also Norbert - the younger cousin and computer geek - loved him. The pace of the tale was a little slow to start, but when things picked up it was fun and engrossing. With a couple of twists I didn't see coming and one or two intense moments, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this one. While it ended fairly satisfactorily, there is obviously more to come, and I'll be happy to read them.