Book Review: The Possession of Paavo Deshin by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Possession of Paavo Deshin by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: WMG Publishing

This is one more short from the Retrieval Artist series that I had in my ebook library that went overlooked when I read the series. I enjoyed it so much, I wished it were longer or expanded to be part of the wider work.

Paavo Deshin, son of Luc Deshin (who figures into the main series) is central to this story as the little boy is being "haunted" by what he perceived as ghosts until one day while at the Aristotle Academy, it's made abundantly clear, they're quite real. Enter, Miles Flint, the main character of the series and the one whose appearance elevates the story by several notches. He's brought in on the investigation into how security was breached at the Aristotle Academy. It's a case that basically brings him out of retirement because his daughter Talia, attends the same school and he's as concerned as the headmistress and the Deshins. There's one more player on the board and that added to the tension and also gave another perspective on the sides taken between the Deshins and Paavo's "ghosts". I didn't know how this was going to resolved because truth be told, there aren't a lot of happy endings in this universe when it comes to Disappeards and anyone connected to them. All in all, this made me miss the series and again, recall it fondly.


Summary: All of his short life, Paavo Deshin has seen ghosts. The same two ghosts who have now approached him on the school playground, ghosts who look older and actually smell bad. Paavo’s cry for help brings the authorities, a few lawyers, and Retrieval Artist Miles Flint, who learns some secrets about the ghosts—and about Paavo’s parents. This short stand-alone science fiction novel in the Retrieval Artist series received a Special Mention from the prestigious international UPC contest.

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