The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is a good choice for fans of YA paranormal and horror. If you enjoyed the Maura Dyer series or if you like Katie Alender’s books, you will probably find this really engaging. It is one of the better offerings in this genre because it really did create suspense and had a rather horrifying twist on the traditional haunted house theme.
Sunshine moves to Washington with her mother and almost instantly knows something is wrong in her new house. With the help of a classmate, she tries to deal with the frightening changes in her mother’s behavior, a young ghost she feels compelled to protect, and a terrifyingly unpredictable entity. The paranormal activity is disturbing and distressing, but I would describe the book as intense more than scary. The plot moves quickly and the writing is compelling and engaging. Sunshine is a clear enough character, but the motivations and personalities of secondary characters were vague. This left some characters feeling a little flat. There were glimmers of a theme about finding and believing in your personal strength, but this book is more about entertaining readers than about leaving a lasting impression, and it was an entertaining read. I encourage readers to look at the YouTube series this is based on, but I would wait until I finished the book.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.