Title: The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus
Author: Jaime Jo Wright
Genre: Mystery/Suspense Time-slip
Publisher: Bethany House
Publishing Date: Sept 1, 2020
Length: 352 Pages
About the Book:
The Bonaventure Circus is a refuge for many, but Pippa Ripley was rejected from its inner circle as a baby. When she receives mysterious messages from someone called the “Watchman,” she is determined to find him and the connection to her birth. As Pippa’s search leads her to a man seeking justice for his murdered sister and evidence that a serial killer has been haunting the circus train, she must decide if uncovering her roots is worth putting herself directly in the path of the killer.
The old circus train depot will either be torn down or preserved for historical importance, and its future rests on real estate project manager Chandler Faulk’s shoulders. As she dives deep into the depot’s history, she’s also balancing a newly diagnosed autoimmune disease and the pressures of single motherhood. When she discovers clues to the unsolved murders of the past, Chandler is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than even an abandoned train depot could portend.
Oh goodness, Jaime Jo Wright’s books just seem to get better and better! I may or may not have made the mistake of reading some of this in the nighttime. Maybe one of these days I’ll learn my lesson haha. I don’t know how she manages it but just as with her others, Wright has done a masterful job of creating suspense that causes readers’ minds to spin wildly as they attempt to put all the pieces together. And no longer shocking, the ending still managed to be full of surprises.
Pippa was such an easy character to love and the deeper I got into her story, the more I hoped for her to find love and a place to belong herself. My heart also went out to Lily the elephant and it warmed my heart to see the connection she had with Pippa. I’ve seen others make comments about wanting to pray for a fictional elephant and now I get it!
It was very easy to see that a whole lot of heart and soul went into Chandler’s character and that of her son Peter. The mother-son bond was powerfully written and there’s no question that real emotion went into their creation.
I do believe I’ve found my new favorite Jaime Jo Write novel and now I must sit impatiently waiting for what she comes up with next. Her books are ones you don’t want to miss! Just read during the daytime… you’ll thank me later 😉
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.