Hello! I hope everyone is doing well. Let’s get into it.
I listened to this audiobook via Libby. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, written by Kate Racculia, sits at a nice 360ish pages and was published in 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The audiobook is around 14 hours.
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts centers around, you guessed it, a lady named Tuesday Mooney. A researcher for a hospital in Boston, Tuesday is a reserved, private lady who keeps to herself, and only really has two friends – a man she worked with at the start of her career named Dex, and her young neighbour Dorry. The story centers around the death of a billionaire who leaves behind a mysterious quest/scavenger hunt around the city and encourages everyone in the city to participate with the promise of riches. Teaming up with an eccentric young billionaire, Tuesday Mooney becomes determined to solve the quest, despite the threats of those who would see her fail.
Review sans spoilers
I thought this was a wonderful book. Light and funny, I listened to it over 5 nights. Tuesday Mooney’s character appeals to me as someone who’s similar in disposition, and the other characters — Dorry, Dex, Nathaniel Arches (Edgar) — all have well-fleshed out personalities that add new and interesting aspects to the story. The mystery quest is interesting and filled with cool, Edgar Allen Poe-inspired clues. Racculia slowly gives tidbits about Mooney’s childhood, which help with context, and give clues and foreshadowing for the conclusion. The conclusion was satisfying and feelgood.
I give this book a 8 out of 10.
Review with spoilers
Things I liked: I loved Tuesday’s character. She has a well rounded, multi-faceted character who’s likeable. The other characters all have plenty to offer as well, and I appreciated them all. The book has a great mood — the whole Edgar Allen Poe thing, Abbey’s ghost in Tuesday’s head, the overarching death themes — all played out in a way that is serious and nuanced, but not too dark. The book is wholesome and feel good, and there are some good quips throughout it as well.
Things I didn’t like as much: I did not love Nathaniel Arches/Edgar’s character at times, but overall he was good. His entire family didn’t feel as well fleshed out as the rest of the characters. There were times where scenes felt a bit glossed over, but overall it was well done. I liked the finale, but I felt that the end scene in the haunted house could have been a little longer. That being said, I was still satisfied with the ending. No real big issues at all with this book.
This is a book I would definitely recommend for a nice, wholesome lighter read. I think it’s especially nice in a stressful, pandemic-y time like right now.
Started reading: April 20, 2020
Finished reading: April 25, 2020