Becka Brandt’s ability to see the dead is pushing her farther from the living. When an explosion in Boston’s downtown district kills her fiancé and colleagues, Becka reluctantly leaves the city she loves to seek refuge from her heartbreak and the restless spirits of those she lost. Moving to a small Massachusetts suburb, her life is further disrupted when she unknowingly leases a haunted house. Her new roommate is Vito, an ornery old ghost whose flashbacks to his recent murder draw Becka into the terrifying world of a serial killer who targets small children. When Vito was killed, his great-grandchildren were taken. Becka races against time to solve the mystery of their disappearance before an evil force, activated by Vito’s tangled past of hatred and revenge, invades the neighborhood and destroys the trail to the children. Plagued by new ghosts and haunted by visions of her lost love, Becka struggles to connect clues from Vito’s past life to current events. She is aided in her investigation by her closest friends and a handsome FBI agent who understands her ability in a way that nobody ever has. Despite the pain of her broken heart, Becka will have to embrace the living to free the dead and start life over.
About the Author
G. R. BENYUE has been writing since she was a child, when she would write poems on the inside flaps of brown paper bag book covers. Born in Sioux City, Iowa, G. R. moved with her family to Massachusetts in 1972, when she was thirteen years old. She graduated from Newman Prep High School in Boston in 1976 and attended Boston Business School. Although she loved her work as an accountant, her urge to write remained strong. When her youngest son was born in 2004, she returned to her love of writing by creating short stories to read to him. She recently retired from her position at Public Consulting Group, Inc., in order to pursue writing full time. Her familiarity with and fondness for Boston and its surrounding areas—the rich and beautiful atmosphere and history—provided the inspiration for Chasing Vito’s Ghosts, which is her first novel. She lives with her husband, Normand, son Michael, their cat Brock, Golden-doodle Boomer, and seven African water frogs in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.