by Gail Gallant
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
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Suggested Ages: 12+
Description: The last time seventeen-year-old Amelia Mackenzie saw her best friend Matthew alive, he broke her heart. When he is found the next day in an abandoned barn at the edge of town, an apparent suicide, Amelia's whole world comes crashing down.
And then she sees him again. Because Amelia has a secret that even Matthew didn't know: sometimes, she sees ghosts.
When a local history columnist named Morris Dyson contacts Amelia after the funeral and tells her that he thinks the barn Matthew died in is haunted, and that Matthew wasn't its first victim, an unlikely partnership is born. With Amelia's gift for seeing ghosts, Morris's radical theories on the supernatural, and a bit of help from Morris's sexy but skeptical son, Kip, a mystery unfolds. One by one, the barn's other ghostly residents are revealed: all innocent, love-struck young men who've died horrific deaths, seemingly by their own hands.
Life and death couldn't get more complicated as Amelia is torn between her devotion to the ghostly Matthew and her growing attraction to Kip, who may not believe in ghosts but can't help believing in Amelia. When she's confronted with a rivalry between the living and the dead, which side of the great divide will Amelia choose?
The Good Stuff
- Interesting and unique premise for a ghost story
- At times spooky and keeps you on the edge of your seat (unfortunately, for me, this didn't last)
- Story was good enough to keep me reading to the end, even with some of the issues that left me frustrated (see the not so good stuff section)
- Love, love, love the Canadian setting - especially as it is set somewhere I have been on many occasion
- Nice uses of humour
- This is more suited to a YA reader and I really feel that I am doing it a disservice at reviewing it as I am not the intended audience. Going to pass this on at work to some of the teen employees as I think they will enjoy it more
- Just noticed that Gail Gallant is a television writer - Miss Gallant I think this would be a a fascinating tv production
- Mentions Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Tim Horton's - two of my favorite things
- Would be a good book for a reluctant reader
- Enjoyed the scenes between Kip and Amelia
- I wanted so much to like this, as well, I am a sucker for a ghost story, but just felt that it was all over the place and Amelia was a hard character for me personally to become interested in.
- I think this one would be better suited for the younger YA reader, as I think I am just to old for this angsty stuff.
- Just couldn't feel any connection with Amelia. One minute she was head over heels in love with Matthew and than seems to get over him really quickly. Just didn't ring true
- Jumpy - to me this felt more like a script than a novel
"The apple orchards look best in fall. All bare, twisted and tortured. Makes you wonder if Tim Burton grew up in Grey County."
"Zombies, they're cool, Jesus was a zombie, for Christ's sake. That's what Easter's all about."
I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review. Sorry guys, I really wanted to like it more