The Forgotten Child

· A Riley Thomas Mystery Book 1 · Ringtail Press
13 reviews

About this ebook

In this fast-paced paranormal mystery, you'll find a reluctant psychic medium, serial killer ghosts, and a dash of romance.

The dead can speak. They need her to listen.

Ever since Riley Thomas, reluctant medium extraordinaire, accidentally released a malevolent spirit from a Ouija board when she was thirteen, she’s taken a hard pass on scary movies, haunted houses, and cemeteries. Twelve years later, when her best friend pressures her into spending a paranormal investigation weekend at the infamous Jordanville Ranch—former home of deceased serial killer Orin Jacobs—Riley’s still not ready to accept the fact that she can communicate with ghosts.

Shortly after their arrival at the ranch, the spirit of a little boy contacts Riley; a child who went missing—and was never found—in 1973.

In order to put the young boy’s spirit to rest, she has to come to grips with her ability. But how can she solve a mystery that happened a decade before she was born? Especially when someone who knows Orin’s secrets wants to keep the truth buried—no matter the cost.


Content Warning/Trigger Warning: Adult language, sexual situations, discussions about rape/sexual assault.


KEYWORDS: paranormal mystery, ghosts, ghost fiction, ghost thriller, psychics, psychic mystery, psychic fiction, psychic thriller, supernatural suspense, supernatural thriller, serial killers, serial killer fiction, amateur detective, paranormal mystery series, millennial protagonist 

13 reviews
Anjali Panikar
March 28, 2021
I read this book with my Book Club for Halloween 2020. I really liked Riley. She was so easy to relate to, so human in her struggle between being scared of what she could catalyse, and wanting to help the little boy she met. I started this book as a readalong, and I'd literally wait for midnight to read the next few chapters. I simply gave up at one point and read the book, because that's how interesting it got. Some chapters caused chills to go down my spine. I loved this book and can't wait for more Riley stories.
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Channen TTCL
June 1, 2021
I really hate when I get stuck paying for a book that I have to then delete halfway through. The story was buried under a sick rape fantasy blended with a weird lusty vibe. Poor Pete should've picked a different medium for sure.
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Richard Jackson
August 5, 2021
Really enjoyed this. Ending seemed slightly rushed. Recommended.
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About the author

Melissa lives in Northern California with her boyfriend and way too many pets. She divides her time between operating a dog walking business and writing. She (mostly) writes paranormal mysteries. Some of them are very cute and some of them are very creepy. You can find all of her books in ebook, paperback, and audio formats.

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