She meant to help a ghost...not unleash a curse.
Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died. But when Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead, she decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace. But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, Amelia realizes she may have unleashed an unspeakable evil instead...
I received an advance review copy from publisher via NetGalley. A HUGE thank you to
NetGalley & the publisher for this opportunity to read and review.
I like the mystery of the novel. I enjoyed the slow unveiling of the different layers of the back story. Each new discovery kept me excited for more. The author perfectly balanced the teen drama with the main plot. The plot was well organized, and I could never guess as to where the author was going next.
I think my favorite parts of the story were the setting, the town of Asylum, and the town's history. I couldn't wait to discover more about Woman in White's story & the MacAllister's curse.
And of course, who doesn't love a bit of modern-day magic? It was never over done. It was a small discovery that blended with the storyline and helped reveal more about the characters and the history.
A few things I did not like:
(1) The horrible cliff-hanger of an ending! AHHH! The author must be practiced in dark magic to leave us with such a hopeless and unexpected stopping point. It was like a thunder crack when you least expect it: electrifying, quick, and then gone.
(2) **spoiler** A connection was never made between Mark's death, Ransom (Mark's old friend), and the ring Mark had on him at the time of his death. There is a connection, and it was never realized in the storyline. I was hoping the main character, Amelia, would have connected the dots. How did Mark get the ring? Was he going to expose Ransom? I wanted that loose end tied up. *end spoiler*
This book was very enjoyable. Its got magic, romance, paranormal encounters, suspense, early American history, and fun characters. Language and situations are appropriate for teen readers. I am very excited for book 2. Because, seriously, that ending was pretty mean... like a Riker-saying-"Fire"-with-Picard-on-the-Borg-ship-and-then-cut-to-end-of-the-season-credits-leaving-the-audience-screaming type of cliff-hanger.
Yes, this book includes some historical fiction. However, its author-created history of a town that no longer exists. Its creative and fun, but the history is secondary to the present-day struggles. So I placed my review here.
Just released December 2016: "The Forgotten" volume 2 "Heir of the Heretic"
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse