This book has been marketed as a thriller, as a horror, a mystery, as all kinds of things.
I think it is a ghost story, except aside from the town mystery the protagonist, Grace, is trying to resolve and all the horror and ghost elements that come with that story line, I think the ghost at the heart of this book is really Grace's dead mother, her literal absence from Grace's life.
Which was a part of the story I found quite moving and sad. And I guess Grace coming to terms with her mum's loss is the central theme, despite the book being about so much more.
Nope. There isn't one.
I know there are a lot of YA fans so sick of love stories being central to every plot that they feel relief to find a book without a love interest for the protagonist. Unfortunately this isn't the case for me. Love stories are totally my buzz (especially if they are wrapped up in a smart and unusual plot like this book has) so I kind of missed having that element within the story.
Interestingly enough the author, Vikki Wakefield, mentioned that she did try very hard to bring two characters within this story together (and I totally felt the groundwork there when I read the novel) but it just didn't happen and wasn't where her characters wanted to go.
And fair enough. Grace was having some serious body scabs and all sorts of gross horror stuff, so she probably wasn't especially in the mood for romance either.
About the Author - Vikki Wakefield.
After reading this as part of my YA book club, we were lucky enough for the author, Vikki Wakefield, to actually be there at the meeting, having a long discussion as part of a question and answer session.
I was too nervous to ask anything though!
But it was a pretty cool experience, and here is what I learned:
I really liked this book. I absolutely loved the writing style and the horror/mystery themes.
The storyline about Grace's mum made me cry a few times, but I think it particularly hit close to the bone for me as I also lost my mum last year. But I liked those aspects of the story. I think they made me cry in a good way. Like someone else understood that same feeling and put it into words.
Lately I am reading a lot of Australian YA, which I am finding very exciting. There are a lot of great stories being told and it has been really fun discovering some of them.
Has anyone else read this one lately?
What did you think?
What books have you been reading?