What the Dead Fear is a lovely novella about acceptance and compassion.
My reasons for choosing a story varies. In the case of What the Dead Fear it was the title that drew me. I found I had to know what the dead do fear. Well, they fear Gareth. But more than Gareth they fear
for the fates of the living, despite their witness to the hereafter. They fear retribution, but perhaps even more, they fear helplessness and insignificance.
Helplessness is an interesting sensation. Two of the characters (Juniper and Nikki) from the story suffer through acknowledging the need for different strategies. Acceptance is such a difficult choice but usually it is the only way to change. At least it is for me, and Ms. Ryan’s characters all either fight their way through it or remain stuck as they are.
I like the way the story plays out in Limbo and in the land of the living. What the Dead Fear is a ghost story riddled with strange creatures and plenty of action and humor. Definitely recommended.