Image of Esperanza (The Hungry Ghosts)


Image of Esperanza (The Hungry Ghosts)

This engrossing thriller is escapist fantasy at its best. MacGregor’s visual style immerses readers in the landscape as her characters come alive. The suspense is palpable and the pace relentless as the dread grows. Even those who don’t scare easily will find this bone chilling.

Tess Livingston, an FBI agent on the trail of a counterfeiter, tracks the suspect to Ecuador. But instead of going on to Tulcán, she finds herself on a bus to Esperanza. Ian Ritter teaches journalism at the University of Minnesota. He was headed to the Galápagos but winds up on the same mysterious bus as Tess. Unknowingly, they’re headed to the home of the brujos, ghosts who steal bodies so they can enjoy the physical sensations of the living once again. Tess and Ian arrive in the midst of an ancient battle between the ghosts and the light chasers, spirits who guard humanity. (TOR, Sep., 336 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski