That pretty cover is a surprising choice for a ghost story, but it certainly made me pick it up, and once there, I stayed for the story. I think this will be something many of my students enjoy, especially those who enjoy mystery and don’t mind supernatural — I’m thinking fans of The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee will really be glad to find this book.
Amelia hasn’t seen the lady in white who haunts the woods behind her house since the night her brother died. Until Charlie moves in next door. Now the ghost is back and girls start turning up in the river. The town whispers about curses and attaches blame to Charlie, but Amelia knows he couldn’t be responsible. Ancient magic, love turned bitter, and long desired revenge fuel a family curse that grows dark and bright in what might be the last summer of Amelia’s life. This is a contemporary mystery with an added bonus of some creepy ghostly encounters. Well written and engaging, this is a bargain at $3.99. I like Amelia as a narrator, but some of the other characters were flat, especially the people who were bad guys. The author weaves in the history of the ghost in a pretty cool way, and I liked that the focus remained primarily on the present. I really did enjoy this one, and I read it straight through in an afternoon. It wasn’t until I had time to reflect that I realized the author dropped the ball on the brother’s death. It felt like more than a red herring, but I still had some questions. Bone chiller of an ending. I will definitely be looking for the next book, because it can’t be a standalone with that ending.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.