“Bigfoot is rampaging through a small fishing town, and he has
The whispers say a boy is missing. Kinley Dorn can’t ignore them. The
last time she did, a giant almost killed her. Her investigation in the boy’s
disappearance leads her and her boyfriend, Ransom Averill, to a village on Lake
Iliamna. Unfortunately, that boy isn’t the only child missing.
Some folks claim Bigfoot is taking the children, but the gentle
creature usually stays away from humans. Kinley believes a totem is making
Bigfoot act strangely, but can she and Ransom find it before more kids are
“Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees
which help nothing with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player. When
she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or
watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of S.C.I.F.I. and
Untethered Realms. She has one novel and several novellas and short stories
Kinley Dorn is the middle sister, she has been the family caretaker
since her mother died years earlier. She also inherited aspects of her mother’s
gift. Kinley is competent and secure in her talent as an architect for their
business. Their newest client wants her to do the interior design part of the
job, primarily because he and Kinley share an interest in the same geeky, nerdy
stuff. Ametta usually handles the interior design part of their jobs, but her
style is more cutting edge modern. Kinley is excited to give it a try, but a
seed of insecurity plants itself in her over her ability to handle the decor
and it starts to grow into other aspects of her life. Namely her developing
relationship with Ransom. Are they moving too fast? Why did Ransom let that
woman kiss him on the lips? And why didn’t he introduce me as his girlfriend?
Does he feel the same about me as I do about him?
When they see a flyer about a missing twelve year-old boy, and both
Kinley and Ransom hear the whispered voice that says, “Find him,” they know
they have to do all they can to track him down. Since Ransom grew up in the
area where other children have also been disappearing without a trace, he is
familiar with the area and the people who live in the remote fishing village by
Lake Iliamna. Plus, there have been several Bigfoot sightings in the area
lately. However, they are usually shy, docile creatures. Kinley and Ransom are
both aware that if a totem token is in the area it will cause the creatures to
act out of character and perhaps be aggressive.
Hearing the native myths and stories of the area was a bonus. There
are a few surprising twists in this novella that I wasn’t expecting, which made
the story more engaging and more personal for both Kinley and Ransom. I’m not
sure why I was more emotionally involved in this story. Perhaps, I’ve decided
that these two are my favorite and the most relatable couple? It was fun losing
myself in their turmoil and hunt for the totem token. I must be more sadistic
than I realized. I think everyone will enjoy Ghost Cat.
Ghost Cat is Novella Five in Ms. Rains Totem series.
Contains adult language with several F-bombs. The Totem series of novellas
build on each other and would be best enjoyed if read in order.
Original review published March 24, 2017.
No significant issues.
Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words