by Edward C. Patterson
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Trace Reviewed by Rainbow Reviews
suffers unending grief at the untimely loss of his lover, who isn't quite
as gone away as Perry believes.
experiences aren't accountable for by the natural laws of physics, and
while those around Perry scoff and attribute them to troublemakers, deep
down Perry knows better. His beloved is still reaching out to him in love.
However, the living seem able to still anger the dead, and a deceased
spirit can wreak job havoc for a computer programmer. Poor Perry: trapped
between the unyielding, unforgiving rock of grief and the hard place of
exorcism of a spirit whom he loved in life.
Trace Reviewed by Maureen Miller author of Widow's
The writing in Bobby's Trace was so fast-paced and charismatic that I wished there was much more.
Poor Perry. Hooray for a programmer getting the leading role! It is impossible not to feel for this tortured man. "Will I ever find peace?" "Perhaps in the dark." I think that line broke my heart, yet this book is not about sorrow and melancholy. There are too many upbeat characters for you to stay 'down' for any period of time.
I highly recommend Bobby's Trace and look forward to reading Mr. Patterson's other material.
by Maureen Miller
Night Shyamalan Beware
Grief is a terribly
Trace reviewed by Mireille Reyns (Belgium)
Well, I'm glad
I stumbled across this little treasure ! I could recommend it to anyone
who is interested in reading a story that is unique, charming, funny,
mysterious and touching at the same time. And all of this in these mere
73 pages. WOW !
Trace reviewed by L. Langston (Surprise, AZ)
Mr. Patterson has mastered the challenge of bringing his characters to life. I had no difficulty visualizing the characters and events, which allows the reader to forget they are reading a book, and immersed myself fully in the story. I was a tad disappointed that it was so short, and I believe the author could easily write a prequel and/or a sequel; however, the brevity in no way hinders what the story is meant to convey.
Review by L. Langston
Trace reviewed by Blue Goddess - Kindle-aholics
I don't want to give anything away! Touching, yet creepy. Funny, yet chilling. I used to hope someone would love me as much as Bobby loves Perry, but now I'm not so sure! Give it a read, you won't regret it.
by Blue Goddess
Bobby's Trace reviewed by Esmeralda Luv (Seattle, WA)
Once again Patterson proves to be a master when it comes to bringing out the emotional side of the characters, the subject matter, and the overall feel of the story.
Perry is emotionally distraught over the passing of his beloved Bobby. Bobby is still 'present' and is reaching out to communicate with Perry. Perry makes an attempt to get on with his life and goes on his first date since the funeral. Bobby tags along...and there is no putting this book down until the last page is reached.
Patterson has a
way of including the reader in every thought, emotion and experience the
characters have. At times it was hard to determine which emotion had priority,
laugh hysterically or cry uncontrollably. When I finished the book, I
was tempted to re-read it just to experience it all over again. This was
a great book, a joy to read, and one I'll want to visit again.
by Esmeralda Luv
Trace reviewed by R. W. Banks "The Gemstar" (Australia)
I'm Sleeping with the Lights On!
Perry Chaplin is a computer programmer mourning the recent death of his partner, the incomparable Bobby. When inexplicable events start occurring all around him, Perry begins to wonder if he may have lost his marbles when he lost his lover.
The fast-paced and unique storyline of "Bobby's Trace" held my interest right from its angst-ridden opening chapter until the fascinating conclusion. There were so many plot twists in this book, which thankfully weren't telegraphed miles in advance. On the contrary, when the curve-balls revealed themselves they came as a real punch to the gut!
The story is told from the points-of-view of three characters: Perry Chaplin, Father Paul (a Catholic priest), and the elusive Marlin Fisk. Although the titular Bobby is supposedly dead, his presence is felt in more ways than one!
"Bobby's Trace" is a combination of ghost-story, love-story and mystery novel, held together with the author's trademark black humour. At times bizarre and terrifying yet also beautifully uplifting, Edward C Patterson has crafted a literary jewel.
Review by R. W. Banks
Bobby's Trace reviewed by Pam (Georgia, USA)
You Got Me!
This is a great story about "Perry" who's just lost his lover to illness. He's deep in mourning when his dead lover's ghost begins to haunt him. The candle thing at the restaurant creeped me out! The story is fast paced and I couldn't stop reading. Great twist at the end. I never suspected a thing!!
Bobbt's Trace Review By ellen "ellen in atlanta" (Atlanta, Georgia USA)
Bobby's Trace Review
by Todd Fonseca
After losing his life partner to AIDS, Perry Chaplin struggles to move on. Work provides little solace; hiding his lifestyle from his unsupportive boss had always been stressful but after the loss of Bobby, working as an simple computer programmer holds little meaning for Perry. A co-worker suggests he get out and play the field, but Perry is reluctant. In his funk, Perry begins to notice odd happenings - pencils once broken mend themselves, rapid temperature changes occur in hotel rooms, and long lost items suddenly appear. Convinced he is slowly losing his grip on reality, Perry takes the plunge to meet someone new and get on with life.
Perry meets Marlin, a young good looking secretive man uninterested in a relationship but with whom Perry has several common interests including their enjoyment of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas. After sharing an engaging dinner, Perry begins to think perhaps there is life after Bobby and subsequently decides to spend the night with Marlin. However, more than just Bobby's memory haunts Perry. When strange happenings grow in their intensity, Marlin and Perry both wonder what forces beyond this world have in store for them.
Bobby's Trace is a beautifully engaging look at life after the loss of a loved one. In Marlin and Perry, Patterson creates characters struggling to find their way in the world - one who must find meaning in life after love lost, the other who has found meaning but is not accepted for who he is in the calling he has chosen to follow. Without giving away very satisfying plot twists, Patterson creates a supernatural haunting story of two lovers and religious intolerance. Readers of all genres will find something special in this novel.
Review by Lila L. Pinord Author of Min's Monster
you love ghost stories? here's one for ya!
Review by Trish Lamoree
I just finished Bobby's Trace and it's such a nice romp. Thanks Ed for the book. So many authors paint ghosts to be so altruistic and wanting their lovers to move on. It was refreshing to read a ghost with some of the harder emotions like jealousy (I hope that's not a spoiler for anyone).
Anyway, great read.
Review by df "danielle1972" (PA, USA)
Mourning from the other side
Bobby's Trace is an enjoyable, fairly short story about Perry - a programmer who recently lost his partner & is struggling deeply with grief.
Practically forced into a blind date by his best friend, (who claims it's time to move on just a few weeks after the funeral), Perry finds himself on a date with a great guy but completely haunted by his dearly departed, in more ways than one.
Perry & Marlin are very likable characters, although I found myself torn between wanting Perry to move on and give the guy time to grieve already! Being a short book certainly didn't take any away from the characters & their personalities, or the feelings of jealousy emanating from the Other Side.
It fell short of a 5 star review for me because the ending felt rather rushed - my only negative to the whole story. The last chapter or two certainly could have been expanded & the quick wrap-up seemed less likely than the ghostly hauntings.
Review of Bobby's trace by Sandy Nathan "Sandy" (California)
As usual, author Edward C. Patterson captures the heart of the emotions of his character and renders a finely drawn absorbing tale. This book has the extra something--magic, haunting (literally) quality--that has me giving five stars.
Review by RedAdept (Carolina)
Plot/Storyline: 4.5 Stars
The story was awesome. The twist ending made for a gripping finale that made you want to flip back and reread passages.
My favorite line: "But it was too early in the evening for Hepburn impressions..." I chuckled out loud at that one.
Character Development: 4.5 Stars
Not being a male or homosexual does not keep the reader from relating to Perry, the main character. Mr. Patterson manages to make him completely real and sympathetic.
I did feel as though another character could have had more 'face time' in the book. However, I won't say more as I don't want to write any spoilers.
Writing Style: 4 Stars
Aside from the obvious textual errors, there were a few awkward sentences that were too ambiguous to call 'wrong', but were nonetheless distracting.
An interesting, thought provoking story that will keep you in its grip for quite awhile.