Clare Cermak’s adjusting to a new man in her life—and a lot of ghosts. The passing of Clare’s aunt gave way to a sizeable inheritance of not only money, but also the ability to communicate with the dead. At the same time, she met Zach Slade, a private detective with a rough past, and just like Clare, he’s not yet ready to accept her gift—or his own.
But Clare has another matter to look into. A multimillionaire needs her help after relocating an old ghost town to his mountain estate. The bones of a murdered prospector are making nightly appearances in his guests’ beds. When the gold miner’s ghost contacts Clare, she promises to help find the name of his killer—but someone doesn't want the past revealed and might find her first…
Ghost Layer while enjoyable on the surface, suffered from some underlying issues that kept me from getting sucked into the story as much as I would like. The overall premise is interesting, but I don't think enough is being revealed or explained to really hold my attention. There's this outside influence that's controlling the strings, but it's rather infuriating to be honest. It threatens Clare despite her moving towards accepting her new fate of seeing ghosts, because she's not "progressing as she should" yet it doesn't give her any information either. I'm just a fan of hypocrisy like that. But on the flip side, Clare does seem to be overly obtuse in that she doesn't seem to learn from anything. It's the same actions and mistakes over and over, leaving me more than a bit frustrated. And yes, which she's moving towards accepting her fate, it is slow going, and at times she just seemed petulant, which just isn't an attractive character trait.
I could have overlooked the frustrating world and heroine if the romance had been stronger. Sure there was plenty of heat in the bedroom aspects, but it just felt forced. Almost like it was missing a spark or that oomph to make it substantial. The chemistry just wasn't there, and it was a case of telling not showing to be honest. I just want more from the romance department in my books. I want to be swept off my feet right along with the characters, and that just wasn't the case here.
In the end GHOST LAYER was a a mediocre read for me. While it wasn't a struggle to keep reading, I was easily distracted and wound up putting it down more frequently as I wasn't sucked in enough to be consumed but the read. I think I'll give this series one more shot, and hopefully the next one will grab me more.