Spectre (Zoe Martinique, Book 2)
by Phaedra Weldon
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441015931
Date: 03 June 2008 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Zoë Martinique is trying to get a grip on her life. She can't talk and is trying to learn sign language after loosing her voice in the Wraith. She's also been told to change her diet or be treated for diabetes. It seems being out-of-body, does take its toll and the longer she's out the worse it gets. As if that wasn't enough problems, it seems that her mother is acting strange, there's a series of weird murders (body parts are missing), and the ghosts are worried. Everyone is trying to tell her what to do and it's annoying. Zoë just wants to crawl home and nest -- but somebody has to do something and it looks like she's got the short straw.
I'm happy to say that this is the page turning action packed adventure, you'd expect after Wraith. Zoë is still self-absorbed and easily distracted, often acting more like a child than an adult. However, when the chips are down, she's there trying to do the right thing -- if only she could keep her mind on the job. This isn't a failure of the character, it's part and parcel of what makes Zoë tick.
The main characters from the first book are back and we get some more depth and background on them. The story takes up almost where the last one ended -- very little time has past. This time there's more going on that just a snatch and grab, Zoë is learning that not everyone is who they seem to be, and there's more to this out-of-body ability than she thought. This one is far more philosophical -- trust and betrayal -- who can you depend on when your life is on the line? What happens when you find your trust has been misplaced?
Weldon has managed to give us full-bore action while dealing with some pretty tough subjects. Zoë is beginning to realize that she has to take control of her life -- now if she'd just stop fantasizing and listen when people try to give her information, maybe things wouldn't be as much on the razor's edge of disaster. But that's just my opinion, I'm sure Zoë has her own.