2 of 5 stars.
Varying accounts exist for spirits in the afterlife. However, for those left behind, the desperation and sadness proves to be more universal.
In this tale, for thirty years a father mourns the murder of his daughter, her body never recovered. After a decade in jail for killing his daughter’s killer, he sets out on a life quest to find his daughter’s body and any other murdered bodies he can find, and to help them find peace. A body-finder, not unlike a metal detector, steers him toward bodies waiting to be discovered. And yet he finds so much more.
Attached to most of the bodies are ghosts, and they do want rest. After he learns to understand the restless spirits, he starts to figure out who must have murdered the individual, not that he does anything with that information. His sole concern to for the spirit. Quizzically, what a spirit wants most is to return to the scene of their murder . . .
This tale appears in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2016 edited by Paula Guran, I received directly from Prime Books. I’ve previously read this author’s “The Nursery Corner” and “Working for the God of the Love of Money”.
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