Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

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Unlucky in love Veronica has had enough of online dating, but decides to make one last attempt with Sebastian who seems a little different from the kind of guy that she’s encountered previously.

Having seen on Veronica’s profile that she has an interest in the paranormal, Sebastian take her to a reportedly haunted restaurant for their first date.  Things go well, and a month into the relationship, they return to the same restaurant, but get more than they bargained for when they have a paranormal encounter.

Determined to understand what they’ve seen, Veronica begins to dig, but the truth might be worse than she had feared.

I went into Dead Over Heels not entirely sure what to expect.  From the description, I had assumed that this was a romantic tale with horror / paranormal undertones.  Now, romance isn’t really my genre, but when Theresa offered me the chance to read and review her novella for my blog, I decided that it would be a nice change from my usual kind of read.  And I’m so glad I did!  This is a wonderful little tale that is more focused on the paranormal elements than the romance side of things, and which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Dead Over Heels is 38 pages long, and is an extremely quick read.  Short stories can be a little hit and miss, as the author doesn’t have the luxury of fully developing either the character or the plot, but Braun has done admirably in this tale.  I thought that both Veronica and Sebastian were well developed and their backstories fitted into the novel seamlessly.  Similarly, the plot, although quick, does build tension from the first date when there are hints that there is something a little unusual going on.  The ending is brilliant, and I certainly didn’t see it coming.

As I was reading, I was reminded of Kate Mosse’s short story collection, The Mistletoe Bride.  Whilst Mosse tends to focus on more historical settings, I felt that this was similar in tone, and I think that if you enjoy that kind of tale then you would enjoy Dead Over Heels.  Recommended if you’re looking for something a little different.

Many thanks to Theresa for providing a copy for review.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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