By Ellen Oh
288 pages – ages 9+
Published by HarperCollins on July 25, 2017
Synopsis from Publisher- “Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?”
What I Thought- I loved this book. Ms. Oh is able to instill the perfect amount of terror, love, hope, and suspense all into one story. I absolutely loved (and hated) reading about Harper’s troubles. I hated them because they were so awful for Harper, but I also loved them because they were just so darn excellent! There is some instances in the book that touch on tough topics, such as an old woman saying racist remarks to Harper and her mother, who are Korean, but I also like how the book addresses it but doesn’t dwell. There is a lot of paranormal thriller aspects but written with a younger audience in mind. Although I am an “older” kid – I really liked it. I definitely think it was interesting how Harper realizes that her life is more convoluted than she originally thought. I especially like how the plot thickens as she realizes these things. I think kids who like a chilling story that isn’t too scary will like this book; it puts a chill on your spine, but doesn’t give you nightmares. I really hope this is a series in bloom!
I give this book five out of five bookworms!
Categories: Age 9+