Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? Bram, a young woman, is sent to live with her uncle after a series of troubling life events. Bram’s uncle owns a run-down mansion that he is trying to renovate into a hotel. The mansion has its own troubling history, which includes the deaths and disappearances of several young women over the past century. One disappearance in particular affects Bram, a young woman named Lark, who is the step-daughter of Bram’s uncle. Lark disappeared on the night of a devastating fire at the mansion that also killed her mother. Bram decides to solve the mystery of the mansion and to find out what really happened to Lark on the night of the fire. Along the way, she must also contend with demons from her past and decide who to trust in her present.
I enjoyed the overall story and the representation of strong female characters. This book has all ingredients for a classic ghost story/mystery, but with a contemporary twist.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It should be noted that there is discussion of drug addiction and sexual assault. Both issues do propel the story and character growth, but the issues may also be triggering for some readers.
To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this book to those who like YA mysteries that are also ghost stories, gothic and suspenseful. To those who liked Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall, Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis and The Haunted series by Danielle Vega.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries where YA mysteries are popular
Where would you shelve it ? YA Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:
Whitney K. Brown, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 3/30/21