by Jessica Park
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Arielle DeLisle
Length: 10 hours and 39 minutes
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone. When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets. Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy. When the line between life and death blurs. When an end is just a beginning. When lust and rage rule. Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist. Welcome to death tripping. A thriller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.
Clear: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Park was a trippy, unique, suspenseful story with a paranormal element I have not yet encountered. The synopsis promises a romantic thriller with paranormal elements. Park succeeded was this genre bending tale creating a tale that kept me engaged.
- The writing is quite good and Park delivered a unique storyline that allowed me to slip into the story. Park delivered a compelling and unexpected tale. I’ve never run across anything like it, and was completely intrigued by the concept.
- Death Tripping- unique, dark, edgy and a very new element for me. Park created a weird paranormal thread that she weaved sexual elements into. Trippers ride a high kind of like an addiction. It was some freaky shit. Bizarre and addictive it kept me engaged as I tried to understand the complexities and powers of death tripping.
- Park weaved in a compelling reason for the characters tripping that added suspense to this thriller. I kept listening needed to know if they would succeed in their quest.
- The setting, world-building and vivid descriptions allowed me to imagine, and feel what was transpiring around me.
- Arielle DeLisle did a wonderful job of narrating. She added depth to the romance between Sam and Stella as well as their relationship with Costa.
- The characters are all unique and their relationship is dynamic, complicated. Lines are blurred and crossed bringing an edginess to their relationships) but still shares their trust. Secondary characters added darkness, and depth to these flawed characters.
- Costa was a darker character and created intense scenes. I could feel all of his emotions, but never quite knew what he would do next.
- This is a standalone with a satisfying “wrapped up in a bow ending” that will please listeners and readers alike.
- If twisted, unique, dark and edgy are words that make you drool, I recommend giving Clear: A Death Trippers Novel a listen.
- As much as I enjoyed each of the complex characters, I did not really feel the insta-love romance between Stella and Sam. While there is romance, the focus of this story is the overall plot involving the Death tripping. Park fleshed out the characters but the romance suffered from true development due to the other elements. I would read this for the thriller/paranormal aspect first.
- The story has some dark elements. Death is sexy, intoxicating and some may find this squeamish. While this does not fall into a ménage the relationship factors between these three friends is blurred.
- While the tale has a successful conclusion there are some elements involving family, abuse and death that some may find difficulty dealing with.
Clear: A Death Trippers Novel was a freaky listen that kept me plugged in,
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