One of the things I truly loved about this story was the originality of it.  PSS, or Psyche Sans Soma, is the presence of psychic body parts.  The person is born missing a body part, a hand in the case of the main character, but are capable of generating this energy that allows them to function normally.  The main character, Olivia, has a "ghost hand".  She can write with it, hold hands, whatever a normal hand can do… and then some.
The author keeps you guessing, teasing out little details, while Olivia and her friends are chased by a shady organization.  The tension and momentum keep up the entire length of the story.

Olivia is a complex character with complex relationships.  She is frequently simultaneously self-conscious about her ghost hand and defensive.  She takes everything on head on, which I liked about her.  Her relationship with her mother seems so real and tragic.  Marcus is probably the most complex character.  You never know what's going on with him.  But you always want to learn more.  Unwrapping that mystery was half the fun of the book.

All in all, the book made me laugh, kept me engaged, and I finished it in less than a day.  A very good read. 

About the Author

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She and her family, who lived in New Zealand for five years, are survivors of the 2011 Canterbury Earthquakes. Ripley's short fiction has been nominated multiple times for awards, and she won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Short Story 2009. Ghost Hand, a YA paranormal thriller, is her first novel, and the first in a three book series.

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4/12/2013 04:36:21 am

Thanks so much for the wonderful review. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Ghost Hand:) And this is the last weekend to get the e-book for only 99cents.


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