Ghosts of Alcatraz by Carol Lynne

Ghosts of AlcatrazLove is a powerful force. Unparalleled, unpredictable and often unforeseen. Yet it can surface in the most dangerous of situations. Suffocation, mutilation and dismemberment aren’t the normal outside influences that bring two people together, but inside the newly refurbished Alcatraz Prison, anything can happen.

As inmates begin dying in shocking and sometimes gruesome ways, the deaths prompt Warden Jensen Black to bring in sexy parapsychologist, Brian Phipps. With the help of Brian, Jensen hopes to get to the bottom of what is killing the men he is responsible for. But what he didn’t count on is falling—and falling hard—for the smaller man with the heart of a lion. The question is: will their love survive against the ghosts of Alcatraz?

BUY LINK: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 4

Having read quite a few stories from Carol Lynne, I was excited to read her ghost story set at Alcatraz in the future.

The story itself got off with a bang. Within the first few pages, there’s a murder of an inmate that is surrounded with mystery. Jensen Black, the warden, knows he’s going to need outside help. He realizes something not from this world may be committing the heinous acts of terror in his prison. Enter Brian Phipps, a parapsychologist, who knows a little something about getting rid of ghosts.

I loved the refurbished Alcatraz in this story. All the prisoners are computer geeks in prison for committing cyber crimes. Everything that houses the prisoners is clear. Plexiglass cells, mattresses, and pillows are see through also. There’s no hiding and no privacy. We don’t see the typical murderers or violent offenders here at this prison, I loved that.

The ghost hunting was really interesting, I enjoyed the paranormal aspect. I loved how the author puts a different spin on the how’s and whys of why the ghosts are there, and trying to find out the reasoning behind their escapades. Made the entire story unpredictable.

The only thing that really bothered me about this story was Jensen and Brian wanting to get into each others pants right from the time they met while these unexplained murders were taking place. I get the whole love at first sight bit, I really do. It works in her other stories quite well. But with the content of this story and what was happening around them, I felt it was a little too much too soon. Don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes are hot, but I would have rather the whole murdering ghosts investigation be somewhat wrapped up before the “I love yous” started flying.

Regular readers of Carol Lynne will most likely still enjoy this darker side of her writing. For anyone new to her writing, or have found her stories to be too sweet in the past, I suggest you give Ghosts of Alcatraz a try. You may be very surprised.

Review: Sheri, 5

If you haven’t read a book by Carol Lynne, you’re missing out. Every time I start one of her books, my first reaction is, “Damn, I forgot how good she is.” Ghost of Alcatraz is a spooky story filled with hot men, secrets and of course ghost that are out for revenge. The storyline and plot are perfect. Past and present collide as inmates are mysteriously dying horrible deaths. The emotions from all the characters felt honest and real.

I agree with Lynn, the instantaneous connection between Jensen and Brian was a little too quick for my taste. But hey, who doesn’t like an “easy man”?

I recommend this to anyone who likes a little gore and chilling mystery with their romance. I love it! I’m looking forward to the next book. Did I say that I loved it? A must read!


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