If you know me and my reading habits at all, you know that I’m not a ghost-y girl. I don’t believe in them, for one, and the idea of them is creepy. I also don’t do horror very well because I like to sleep with peaceful dreams. So, you might be surprised to find that I’ve read a story with creepy ghosts and liked it! Courtney Gould, the author, was very sneaky about things. The ghosts didn’t jump right in and “BOO”. She built the story slowly and included all the juicy tidbits that catch a reader like me hook, line, and sinker. By the time I realized that it was a ghost story, I was too far gone to stop…I NEEDED to see how the story ended (no spoilers, I promise).
Logan is the teen daughter of Brandon and Alejo, the stars of a paranormal hunter-type tv show. She’s travelled all her life from location to location. Her fathers are very different people with her. Alejo is loving, warm, and always there. Brandon is cold and distant, always wanting to be wherever she’s not. This makes for a very dysfunctional relationship. When they decide to head to Snakebite, Oregon, the men’s hometown, Logan wonders why, after all this time. The town is every bit as horrible as she expects and so are it’s people. They don’t take kindly to strangers, even if they had been born there. It didn’t help that they were gay. As soon as Alejo and Logan arrive and join Brandon, she feels the strangeness of the place. There’s something different, darker crawling just beneath the surface. For one thing, Tristan, one of the few teens in the town has gone missing. It happened just after Brandon arrived. Soon, another boy disappears then a girl. The town is terrified and all that rage is directed at Logan and her little family. Logan and Ashley, the girlfriend of the first missing boy, are an unlikely pair but they move past that to try and figure out what is going on and find Tristan. As they investigate, the darkness becomes more volatile and threatens to destroy everyone unless someone can find a way to defeat it.
Fans of creepy stuff should definitely pick this one up. It reminds me a bit of the movie The Sixth Sense but with a darker bent.