“Well, Mr. Gabriel. What do you know about…demons?”
For most people, that’s a question that never comes up. Medium Seth Gabriel isn’t most people and for him, it’s another normal day in an abnormal life.
It’s bad enough that his love life has seen better days but his personal problems are only the half of it. Seth’s ghost hunting business, SG Cleaning Services hasn’t seen a client in weeks and he’s desperate for a paycheck. Things look up when two potential clients seek him out.
Courtney Reeves hires Seth to investigate a paranormal disturbance in her home. On the surface it’s a run of the mill cleaning job but when you deal with the dead for a living, there’s no such thing as routine. The close of the case is the start of even bigger problems and Seth will find that, while there’s nothing to fear from the dead, the living are another story.
When the nervous and persistent Evan Gallagher enters his life, Seth sees the promise of a big payday. There’s only one catch. The wealthy lawyer thinks his wife is possessed by a demon. Seth doesn’t believe in demons…not anymore, but the money is too good to turn down. Is Evan crazy or is he one hundred percent sane? As Seth digs deeper, he’ll ask the same question of himself.
For a guy who’s coasted through life on not much more than Greek takeout, tequila, and attitude, Seth’s going to have to dig deep to survive what will turn out to be a very bad week.
As far as the main character, Seth, I found him instantly likable, and I loved his wit and humor. That's not to say he doesn't have problems he needs to deal with, including the disintegration of his marriage to Rene. Despite that, he did come across as relatively normal, aside from the fact he can see and talk to ghosts. Understandably, he keeps this fact to himself. One aspect of Ghost of Demons Past that I found interesting was watching Seth's character development. He's not the same man he was when the book began. Yes, he might still be a bit snarky, but he definitely matured too. I also really liked Jamie, and his relationship with her went through changes as well.
I really enjoyed this book overall, and I'll recommend it to anyone who likes urban fantasy. I did have FB friends who kept telling me to read it, and now the only question I'm asking myself is: “Why didn't I read Ghost of Demons Past a lot sooner?”