Review: The Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

About the book:

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she’s a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia’s calculus class, stares at her like she’s a freak, Olivia doesn’t like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

Cover of Ripley Patton's The Ghost Hand

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Review by Katy Haye:

This was a fabulous find. The concept of PSS was brilliantly imaginative, and I loved that it was treated as just part of the world. That wasn’t the story, the story was Liv and Marcus and what happens to them and their friends when Liv’s PSS takes on a life of its own.

There were some good YA staples: uncaring adults and a shadowy organisation hell-bent on controlling teens, but they were given new twists and written with delightful panache.

And the relationship between Liv and Marcus was beautifully depicted. Those first tentative steps when you’re not quite sure where you stand with each other … or even where you want to stand. Ah … lots of feels.

Perhaps Liv was a little too eager to put herself in danger, but I’ll let her off because this was a cracking read. Even better, it’s FREE, so click the graphic above to grab a copy risk-free!

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Katy’s The Clockwork War, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England with a mechanical genius for a heroine, a dastardly duke and a hero who isn’t what he appears, is the first novel in her complete steampunk series.

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