Sunday, 24 June 2018

Swallowtail by Sheri Meshal

Swallowtail by Sheri Meshal
Self published in America in September 2012.

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The Book Depository : from £9.76 (PB)
Wordery : from £9.58 (PB)
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Chicago wife, mother and finance executive Claire Cummings, arrives at work one morning to discover her friend Julia has embezzled millions and vanished. Blindsided and devastated by the betrayal, she’s sent home pending further investigation. Claire’s bizarre death the following day sends everyone reeling, guessing and looking for her in all the wrong places. In no time she's addicted to an enchanting menagerie of tricks and techniques for getting the living's attention, but most people are harder to reach than she'd ever dreamed and even harder to set free. 

She was still a mother, a wife, a daughter and a friend... she'd move heaven and earth to keep it that way.

Sheri Meshal’s Swallowtail is a haunting story about life, love, loss and just how far we’ll go to control it all.

This debut from a thought-provoking new voice in fiction begs the question… what would you do if all the rules changed, and you were suddenly bestowed powers beyond your greatest imagination?

Meet The Author
Swallowtail was inspired by bizarre events which occurred shortly after Sheri Meshal's father passed away in 1998. The two had engaged in countless conversations regarding the possibility of life after death and enjoyed sharing books on the subject years before he was diagnosed with lung cancer. After too many unexplainable events, Sheri realized had she died first, she would've done everything in her power to get her father's attention and show him all the things she could still do.

Sheri Meshal spent most of her childhood on an old farm in Iowa. She inherited her lifelong love of books from her father, who sensed she was a writer long before she did, and changed the course of her life by telling her so. A minimalist, Sheri currently lives in Chicago sans furniture with her dog, Kylee and her roommate and fellow writer, Mack Oliver. When she isn’t writing, she’s hanging out with all of her nieces and nephews every chance she gets.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting story. I really like the cover.

    1. The cover caught my eye too. Love that blue glow :-)

  2. Definitely not the typical ghost story. The premise sounds good.

  3. I had to re-read that a few times to understand what was going on, I am a little embarrassed to admit! Sounds like a new take on presenting a ghostly story.

    1. I've spotted or read a few beyond-the-grave stories recently. It's an interesting angle