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Audiobook Review

The Spirit Girls

A Rylan Flynn Mystery Book 1
Dawn Merriman
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average rating is 4 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Ghostly Tale That Kept Me Guessing


💛Mixing the paranormal and mystery genres, this is the tale of Ghost Show YouTuber Rylan. She can see ghosts, which allows her to solve murders. Love the premise and the pace was great. I wanted to know what happened and that kept me listening.

🧡I couldn’t put this down. It was unputdownable. The earphones stayed in the ears. That’s the headline here. Because despite my quibbles - the characters felt underdeveloped, details provided gave the impression of being the middle of a series rather than the beginning, and it’s too wholesome for my ravaged tastes - I was still hooked.

💜 For me, this skews towards YA in terms of the characters, plot and relationships. It never gets too dark. Definitely one for tweens and teens looking for paranormal intrigue.

Big thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture Audio for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.


🎧 Stephanie Cannon is compelling as always in this addictive listen. Part of the reason why this felt geared towards a younger audience was that I felt Cannon voiced Rylan as young, maybe 18-22.


No spoilers. Maybe next time!
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The Spirit Girls


“Where are you taking me?” Rylan follows the figure through the trees. The girl’s dark ponytail swings as she turns back, then walks on without answering. Deep in the woods, she disappears… and Rylan finds her body, mouth wide in a silent, final plea for help.

Rylan Flynn has always been able to see what others don’t—the restless spirits haunting Ashby, Indiana. She’s learned to live with her “gift” but sometimes she longs to escape.

The woods have always been a peaceful place for Rylan. But on a visit to her aunt’s cabin, she catches sight of a spirit in the trees. The ghost of a young woman approaches, leading Rylan to her body.

With a flood of horror, Rylan realizes that the girl, Celeste Monroe, has been murdered. An outgoing newcomer to town, Celeste had no enemies. Who on earth would want to see her dead?

When a coin carved with strange symbols is discovered in Celeste’s throat, it’s clear that a twisted, cold-blooded killer is at work.

Rylan’s abilities could be the only way to prevent further deaths. But Ashby’s handsome head detective, Ford Pierce, has made it very clear that he doesn’t want her help.

And any unexplained knowledge of the case could make Rylan the perfect suspect.

When another body is discovered and blood at the scene points to Rylan’s family, she is more determined than ever to uncover the truth. She must race against time to untangle a web of dark secrets… but can she find answers before the murderer claims another victim?
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