16 -year-old Gretchen takes photographs to understand the world around her, a passion her mother Mona fostered and encouraged when she was still around. Since her mom disappeared years ago, Gretchen and her dad have lived on their own in New York City, haunted by Mona's absence.
When Gretchen's great aunt Esther calls unexpectedly to tell her that she has inherited the pre-Civil War mansion on her mother's side of the family in upstate New York, Gretchen understands nothing except that her aunt needs her help. But what she finds there is beyond her imagination. The house is crumbling apart, filled with stacks of papers and journals from decades, even centuries past, and it's crawling with rodents. It's also full of secrets and a legacy of racism and violence so reprehensible that the ghosts of the past are exacting revenge on the living.
Somehow the mystery of Mona's disappearance and the atrocities that happened on the land during the Civil War are inextricably intertwined, and it's up to Gretchen to figure out how…before even more lives are lost.
I must say, I enjoyed this book much more then Twisted Fate. I do wish that it'd been a bit longer, and that things had come together a bit more, but all in all, this was a really great, enjoyable, creepy book! And yeah, one that I enjoyed reading!
The ghosts and how they worked, that was really interesting. I wish that we'd learned a bit more about them-like, just who were some of those bad guys? And said bad guys didn't do much to actually scare off these kids, they were just slightly scary, and didn't do much to stop them.
I'm wondering about something. Fidelia mentioned that the baby was a Axton. Which makes me think that the child wasn't her husband's, but her husband's brother, who she was in love with, and who was the one that basically got training in doing the underground railroad.
One big topic of this book was racism. Of how a group of KKK members, or just people around town, had a picnic while people with black skin were hanged, or burned alive in a church. And how they were unnamed, unknown. Well, Gretchen and her friends change that in the end, so yeah! That was a really great ending!
It was strange, and just the tiny bit unfinished, and it was wonderful!
Author: Norah Olson
Read: May 28th, 2016
Reason Why: Sounded really fantastic, and it's a SAC 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Expected Publication: July 19th 2016