Image of Wide Open (Hallie Michaels)


Image of Wide Open (Hallie Michaels)

The sparsely populated South Dakota prairie provides the backdrop for an eerie new tale of mysterious death and a haunted soldier. Coates does an excellent job building a sense of remote isolation that is both physical and emotional. Sergeant Hallie Michaels is a complex heroine filled with anger, sadness and grief who runs headlong into a murderous puzzle. Intriguing!

Hallie Michaels flies home to Prairie City from Afghanistan on compassionate leave due to the sudden death of her sister Dell. Upon exiting the plane, Hallie sees Dell’s ghost. Hallie’s been seeing ghosts since she technically died for seven minutes while in Afghanistan. Gossip says that Dell committed suicide, but Hallie doesn’t buy it. She gets mixed signals from deputy sheriff Boyd Davis, who, although he insists he can’t talk about the investigation, indicates he has concerns. Doggedly determined to find out what happened to her sister, Hallie realizes that some of the ghosts she sees are those of young women gone missing. (TOR, Mar., 304 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith