I have reviewed Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush for Reader’s Favorite.
Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush is a Young Adult – Paranormal fiction. 17-year-old Alex shared his mom’s ability to see the dead. Although his ability caused him grief with the bullies in his school, he learned to ignore the unnecessary noise. This was not the only reason for the bullies to target him, though. Since the day they realized that Alex was a transgender, they figured out creative names to torment him. In addition to these problems, a series of ruthless murders in his town perplexed him. If he didn’t have his amazing spidey sense, he would have discarded these bodies-with-frozen heads as a case involving a serial killer. However, his gut told him otherwise. The more research he put into the cases with his best friend, Margaret, the firmer his suspicion grew at the connection of a dark spirit.
The only thing that could remotely explain the frozen bodies was Flash Freezing. The victims would have had to come into contact with liquid nitrogen at a deadly -320.8°F, which could be feasible for Mr. Earley if he were frozen and then dumped. Or, Grace Johnson. However, none of that explains Mrs. Brewster. How would the murderer just freeze her head while it was still attached to her body?An excerpt from Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush
The plot beautifully switches from the past to the present. Bishop’s family from the past is just as intriguing as the paranormal activities in the present. The audience settles with the easy-going chemistry of Margaret and Alex, the love of his Italian family, and his interactions with a few souls. But, as the plot takes a dark turn, not only Alex but the readers also get goosebumps. The tone of the narration is in perfect sync with the scenes. On the one hand, the banters of Margaret and Alex provide a lightness to the story, but on the other hand, the entrance of the malevolent spirit brings about fear and tension.
“This is true. Why else would I give you the gift of me as a friend?” Alex glanced sideways.
“Well, if it gets me my cookie, believe what you will, but everyone knows it’s me who’s the real gift here.” She stuck out her tongue.An excerpt from Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush
The exceptional narration of Vicki-Ann Bush ties the readers to the story with the promise of an unimaginable twist. And the sensitivity with which Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths presents the concerns of a transgender teenager is praiseworthy. Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush has just the right concoction of paranormal activities, family love, complicated romance, and realistic characters.
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