Night Mist by Helen R. Myers was a strange and weird read. Everything about it screams weird and strange from the characters to the paranormal events. This is one of those stories that despite its weirdness you feel compelled to continue just to see how it would all unfold.
The story introduces Dr. Rachel Gentry. One night on her way home from work she had an encounter with a ghostly figure calling out to her for help and warning her of impending danger. However, as she came close to the apparition to gain answers it disappears. Confused she made her way to the boarding house she has been staying. When she arrives, she bumps into her anti-social neighbour, Jay Barnes, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the ghostly figure on the bridge.
I cannot go into details without giving away the plot. The only thing I can say is the story got stranger and stranger as the events unfolded. Even at the end, I was still unsure about some events that had taken place.
The story is told from the third person POV. Both characters perspectives are provided but in the third person. The pacing was steady and the story fluid, which made for easy reading.
Sad to say I did not develop a connection to the main characters. They both annoyed me. What was even more annoying was the romance that developed between them. Jay does not trust Rachel. As a matter of fact, he believes the people he was hiding from sent her to expose him. His hostility towards her leapt off the pages. Therefore, you can imagine my surprise, when they became intimately involved with each other. What made me even more annoyed by the romance was their lack of knowledge of each other. The little they both knew of each other was based on research and snooping.
The secondary characters provided more entertainment and helped to make things rather interesting. They believed strongly in the supernatural, especially the housekeeper Jewel.
The story did not elicit the feelings I expected. There were aspects of the story I found enjoyable, but it was not enough to wow me nor make me fully invested in the story or its characters.
At the faint words, Dr. Rachel Gentry stopped on Black Water Creek Bridge, straining to see through the night’s foggy mist.Then she spotted him—a pale, ghostly figure, his T-shirt soaked with blood, his intense dark blue eyes begging her not to be afraid.After issuing a desperate warning, “Don’t go back there, don’t meet…” he disappeared before her eyes into thin air….
The warning echoing in her mind, Rachel returned to her boardinghouse, where she was startled in the hallway by her reclusive neighbor, Jay Barnes.There was something familiar about the mysterious, moody man, something Rachel couldn’t put her finger on…until he switched on a light and she stared into his passionate, dark blue gaze….