What would you do if you had a spirit guide who occasionally would send you messages that started with an itchy palm? What if this guide conveniently lets you know via one of those messages that your boyfriend of six months is cheating on you with your half-sister?
Jen is the lucky person who has to answer those questions while at the same time finding the real killer of her half-sister. She’s got a lot thrown at her in a very short time including learning more about this spirit guide that may or may not prove to be useful to her in the future. She works as a barista in Seattle which while being fairly boring isn’t something she hates. She likes her job and the people she works with even though it doesn’t give her a ton of extra spending money. She has a co-worker, Mitch, that acts like a bit of a playboy but as we find out really wants her. She has this insane lust going for almost anyone in uniform which led her to the asshole who cheated on her.
I felt for her as she deals with not only the loss of the sister she hated but also dealing with the madness that is her schizophrenic father. She is given a hard time by co-workers for giving the homeless man across the street coffee and baked goods but what they don’t realize is he’s her father. It made me sad to learn more about the man but it is an accurate portrayal of mental illness that I think needed to be said. I loved watching her try to figure out who the killer was and her stumbling through all that is thrown at her was funny at times. I don’t think it was meant to be funny but the sheer bad luck she has was interesting.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.