Review: ‘Picture the Dead’ by Adele Griffin and Giveaway

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Picture the Dead’ by Adele Griffin and GiveawayPicture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown
Published by Sourcebooks, Incorporated on February 1st, 2012
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 262
Format: Paperback
Source: requested from publisher
Jennie feels the tingling presence of something unnatural in the house now that Will is dead.

Her heart aches without him, and she still doesn't know how he really died. It seems that everywhere she turns, someone is hiding yet another clue.

As Jennie seeks the truth, she finds herself drawn ever deeper into a series of tricks and lies, secrets and betrayals, and begins to wonder if she had every really known Will at all.

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Jennie’s an orphan who lives with her half uncle and horrid aunt. Her twin brother has just been killed and her fiancé has also died at the war. The only living person she can seek comfort in, is her cousin Quinn who has changed from the war. When Jennie starts receiving messages from beyond the grave from Will, she seeks to unravel the truth about his death. What she finds might just be the truth that’ll set her free.

For some reason I don’t completely understand historical fiction because there is so much to know that I get lost. So when something is set in the past, just like Picture the Dead is set, I immediately think “Oh no, now I need to know what year they’re in so I can understand their language, their social status, their dialogues, their slang, the technology that had or didn’t have..etc.” My brain starts to forge ahead and I find it so terribly bad that I get lost worrying about the whole history that I don’t pay attention to the plot. I definitely didn’t have that problem with Picture the Dead. Yet, I fully understood the whole process about photography. This just being released to the masses. (We have it easy now-a-days!)

I am in love with the illustrations from Jennie’s scrapbook. Very original and very cute idea to add into the book. It definitely gave me a break from screaming out when ever something ghostly would happen. And several chapters definitely made my skin tingle. To be honest, I even skipped a couple of lines just because I wanted the ghostly encounter to be over with. Eeps! The paranormal element in this book had me devouring the pages. It’s not scary in your face, but creepy and realistic. And the characters just added so much dimension to the plot. I really fell in love with Jennie and her strength. She is smart and hilarious. I find her scribbles about her aunt humourous, but completely true.

If you’re looking for a paranormal, chilling, historical fiction novel, then this one’s for you. If you’re into books that have a fast paced plot with a mystery that you need to unravel, then this one’s also for you. I highly recommend buying this one and keeping it on your shelves.


I didn’t mean to kiss you. But it was the only thing I could think to do, to make you quiet.
Let me have my future. If you ever loved me, you’d free me.
Love made me mad with pleasure, but loss has made me mad with grief.

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  • Total prize value $40
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Book Nerd asks, “What would you do if you had a ghost haunting you?”





  1. Jaime Lester

    November 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    When I first saw this book, I adored the cover but thought that it was an MG read. And it might be, but I just don’t care. Not at all. I want to read this so bad. I love your review, it makes me even more excited.
    Like you, I am hesitant with historical fiction, but sometimes, if the book is right, I am all in. With Picture the Dead, I am all in!

  2. Jessica

    November 5, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    I would want to figure out why it was haunting me!

  3. Jolene A

    November 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Scream and run like crazy lol

  4. Jen Haile

    November 2, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    It depends on whether or not it was trying to scare me! If it was, I’d contact someone who could get rid of it!

  5. Holly Letson

    November 2, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    I would talk to it, and perhaps try to make friends. Better having it be my friend than my enemy.

  6. Rizwana

    November 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I will pray and also find professional help if I haven’t died of heart attack first.

  7. galena

    November 1, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Hmm, I don’t know. The questions is if I would even realize I was being haunted in the first place…

  8. Fiery Na

    November 1, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    I would try to find someone to help me to have the ghost leave me alone!

  9. Alicia

    October 31, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Depends on if it was Casper or one of his relatives, but I am convinced that something in this house is stealing my mugs and glasses from the kitchen (and given that I live alone with no pets, it kinda freaks me out a little!).

  10. alicia marie

    October 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    It depends on what type of ghost it is. If it was evil I’d find a way to get rid of it, otherwise I’d just talk to it. Maybe all it needs is a friend : )

  11. Marie H

    October 31, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Well…… it depends on what it’s doing to me! If it’s just hanging out, I’d probably leave it be. If it’s scaring me, I’d more than likely get out of dodge! lol

    Thanks for sharing and for a great giveaway!

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  12. Joy F

    October 31, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Depends on what type, but I would try to find someone to send it on.

  13. Christina K.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    I’d want to know what it wanted!

    Thank you:)

  14. Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Well, first off I’d see if the ghost had any psychic abilities to help me win the lottery ;D

  15. Grace Lo

    October 31, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    I’d stay calm and get on with life. After all, I assume that if it doesn’t get enough attention, it’ll move on.

  16. Holly W

    October 31, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    I would probably try and be friends with it LOL!

  17. SweetMarie83

    October 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    I’ve been seeing this book around a lot lately and it sounds really good! I’m really curious about the illustrations. I’ll have to check this one out!

  18. sarah

    October 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    If i had a ghost haunting me i would call Ghost Hunters( from tv- lol)

  19. Marlene V

    October 31, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    I would call a professional to find out how to get rid of it.

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