Elizabeth Hunter’s first book of her new Glimmer Lake series, Suddenly Psychic, is set in the mountains of California and the story of three middle aged friends; Robin, Val, and Monica, who suddenly have psychic powers after a joint near death experience. For Robin, this comes at a time when her relationship with her husband feels more like roommates, she’s at odds with her oldest son who is almost through college yet can’t seem to pick a major, her youngest daughter will be leaving for college in another year, and her existence seems only to involve running the antique store her mother started. When almost dying causes her to start seeing ghosts, with one in particular having a connection with her elderly grandmother, she learns that Val and Monica have developed paranormal abilities of their own. This revelation spurs a realization that her life might just have a purpose that she thought she had lost.
I say this almost every time I write a review for Elizabeth Hunter books; she is an extremely gifted author when it comes to creating an engaging and unique story with interesting and relatable characters. Suddenly Psychic is no exception. The ideas that unexpected life events can shake up our world at any moment and that there is paranormal activity all around us are thoughts that almost every person has pondered at one time or another. And whether we want to acknowledge it or not, who we are is a byproduct of the choices are ancestors made, both good and bad. Suddenly Psychic is the story of Robin’s family and the literal “skeletons in the closet” that have haunted her family over three generations. This legacy is manifested in her relationships with her husband and kids and her own self-image. As Robin digs deeper into the reason for being able to communicate with ghosts, she realizes that solving this mystery will take the help of Val and Monica. While they struggle to find answers Robin slowly learns that having a purpose comes from within and what you choose to do with it. All these nuggets are wrapped within a great paranormal thriller highlighted with unexpected twists and surprises, without being scary or morbid.
While Suddenly Psychic revolves around Robin’s story, Val and Monica are a major component of the unfolding mystery. These three have been friends for years, and while they are very unique individually and in their own life’s stories, they have great chemistry that is really fun to be a part of. These would be the type of friends that I would love to share life and grow old with. Elizabeth definitely has a knack for creating characters and relationships that we can see ourselves in or aspire to be like.
I guess it goes without saying, that I will be looking forward to the next book in the Glimmer Lake series, or for that matter anything that Elizabeth Hunter writes!!