Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips

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When Ren was twelve years old, she lost her older brother to a car accident. For twenty-five years he’s been a presence in her life, appearing with a song or a reflection in the moonlight. Her connection to the ghosts around her has made her especially sensitive as an archaeologist, understanding the bare outline of our ancestors, recreating lives and stories, and breathing life into those who occupied this world long before us. On the cusp of the most important find of her career, it is the ghosts who are guiding her way. But what they have to tell Ren about herself, and her developing relationship with the first man to really know her since her brother’s death, is unexpected—a discovery about the relationship between the past and the future, and the importance of living in the moment.

About Gin Phillips

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Gin Phillips ( has written several critically acclaimed books for adults, and this is her children's book debut. Gin lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, children, and dog.
Published January 12, 2012 by Riverhead. 354 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In the less distant past Ren’s happy childhood before Scott died, and the shattered life she lived with her parents, who became kind of living ghosts, seems to cast a dark shadow over the burgeoning romance she has begun with Silas.

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With the mystery Ren represents to the people around her removed, her discoveries about the artist she’s been looking for fade in importance, and there’s no reason to care about what they might portend for Ren or the lost tribe.

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USA Today

Ren Taylor is an archaeologist who is haunted by the near and ancient past.In her professional life, Ren was guided to a career-making find of three rare 12th-century Mimbres Indian pots by visions of the potter herself.

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But Silas's inability to believe in Ren's gift and her ability to listen and hear the story of these very talented but haunting women, Lynay and Non, unnerves him, slightly souring their relationship.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Come In and Cover Me is the moving story of a woman learning to let go of the past in order to move forward with her own future.Written with the same warmth and depth of feeling that drew readers to The Well and the Mine, Phillips's debut, Come In and Cover Me is a hau...

Jan 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Come In and Cover Me

It's this tension—between her belief that "The past was solid, weighable as cement...that it was done and over, and could be wrapped and stored without fear of it ever changing" and her awareness that she must re-examine what really happened 20 years ago in order create some kind of future fo...

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I despise romance stories, but the growing relationship between Ren and Silas is complicated and deep and goes so much further, especially when blended with Ren’s own self-discovery.

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The Huntsville Times

Phillips wrote in an essay entitled “The Soundtrack of Memory” that songs “can bring back the past — or just our past selves — with all the attached love and longing and regret.” She believes that “music can summon ghosts for us all.” Come In and Cover Me By Gin Phillips Reviewed by JAIME BOLE...

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Fred Beauford

Unable to cope with his death, Ren has spent the last two decades rejecting emotional attachments and having visions of ghosts—usually Scott, but also Mimbres women, who indicate places where Ren should dig to uncover artifacts.

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