Spectral Fathoms by Nathan T. Dean is a tale of how 5 very different lives are intertwined into one. There’s Jacob who just lost his grandmother, Edward the drug dealer, Coralie who speaks in the third person, Francois the antique collector/seller, and Nicolette the average worker. Somehow, these people all end up in the same place, and they learn a lot about each other and discover the earth shattering reason revealing why they met in the first place…
Thoughts: Although I found this book to have a very slow start, it grew on me. The plot I’m personally not too crazy about, but the characters I really do like. They have a lot of depth to them, and considering I’m not really a fan of reading a novella type of book, I enjoyed the characters in this one which gave a good impression. The most interesting character to me is Coralie, the woman who speaks in the third person. She was a always a mystery throughout the whole story. Jacob is my second favourite, mostly because he stayed true to who he really is, straight through to the last word…literally.
Book Love: Characters. They all have different stories that weave into one, which I like about these types of characters because everything makes sense in the end. There’s no questions, just straight forward answers about who they are and what they want from life. These characters need to be in more books, so kudos to Nathan T. Dean for writing them so perfectly.
Book Hate: The plot was a bit slow and difficult to follow at times. It was a bit confusing throughout, but it does make sense in the end. Because this is pretty short, I don’t think it would be a problem to not finish this. It may seem tiring, but it’s easy and quick to finish. If you’re one to prefer more plot driven stories than character driven, then this is not the book for you (unless you’re willing to switch it up, which you should)
Overall: As an avid reader, this is definitely the type of book you want to read in order to broaden the types of genres and styles that you haven’t already read. I think the characters are very well written in this book, and it makes up a bit for the plot line. If you’re looking for something new to read, then this is a great place to start.