Seeing Things by Nancy Young

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Reviewed by Sharon Silcox, University Library Technician, NCSU Libraries


I read this book in one day! Mary Catherine, the divorced mother who takes up ghost hunting in a haunted mansion in Philadelphia after leaving her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina, seems like a best friend.  The conversations are witty and wise; the plot moves at a rapid pace and carries you along with Mary Catherine's awakening to her self. The descriptions made me see Grey Crag in all its spooky glory, with ladies in Callot Soeurs gowns, languidly roaming from room to room in the mansion during party after party. One of the things I liked best is Mary Catherine's relationship with her son. She is a mother who cares and also has her eyes wide open. There is steamy sex with a hot tech guy, lots of ghosts, and tragedy from the past. Nancy has portrayed Mary Catherine as a full character. I felt for Mary as a child, and as an adult. She was coping with what life handed her, and grew in the process. This is a smart, sexy, and frightening novel. Nancy Young is a local author and her next book in this series, which features Raleigh, is out now!