Book Review: Restless in Peace by Mariah de la Croix

13744928Title: Restless in Peace
Author: Mariah de la Croix
Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Publication Date: September 8th 2012
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A deceased undertaker still carries out his life’s work. Ghost children chase people who walk down a corridor…
Alternately hair-raising, creepy, and touching, Mariah de la Croix’s encounters with the supernatural during her tenure as a mortician are chilling and unforgettable. Restless in Peace recounts her true experiences working in funeral homes–and the resident spirits’ frightening, bizarre, and sometimes amusing and helpful behaviors.
From a long-deceased nun who comforts those mourning a child’s death to the author’s communications with a spirit who leaves red carnations as a ghostly calling card, this book offers a rare glimpse of living and working among the spirited undead.

Restless in Peace tells the life story of Mariah de la Croix, a mortician. Working at a funeral home, she’s seen more than her fair share of spirits during the past few years. In this book, she talks about her encounters with the deceased. Her ghosts pretty much remain the same person they were when they were still alive. A friendly old, grandmotherly person will still care for her family and sometimes be present at funerals of family members. A nasty, wicked person will transform into a more terrifying spirit. Our anger and love, the emotions we feel while being alvie, are transported on to the other side.

What I liked most about this book, is how humble Mariah de la Croix is about her experiences. She simply tells them, without engrossing them or making them more exciting than they really were. That makes the book more believable for me, even though some of the encounters may still be farfetched – I wanted to believe them. I want to believe in this kind of the spirit, the kind that remains the same person they were when still alive, caring and loving. It would be such a comfort to know people move on remaining just the same they were when alive.

The story range from encounters with deceased people awaiting their funeral, to little ghost children roaming down the hallway, and an old mortician still working his job even after he’s passed away. Some of these are delightfully scary – not in the overly bombastic way fictional horror stories sometimes are – but subtely, more naturaly. Others are touching and moving, heartwrenching even, and brought me to the verge of tears.

As far as true haunting books go, this is a gem. Restless In Peace is a well written, well constructed book about a humble medium and her encounters with the spirits of the deceased.

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