I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by HarperTeen on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Ghosts, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.
The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.
I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.
All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.
From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.
Maggie moves to Door County, a small little town. Being from Chicago, this is a huge transition for her, and leaving her friends behind is also something she has to deal with. But her next door neighbour, Pauline turns out to be friendly and kind and takes her under her wing to be her best friend. Only, she already has a best friend, Liam who seems to be in love with Pauline. Then reports of dead teenagers appear around their little town, which causes her parents to worry about her well-being.
Maggie seemed like this wonderful independent girl who pretty much didn’t take crap from anyone, yet when love appears, she turned into a completely different. She was pretty much a pushover and let people walk all over her. Even her parents! I don’t know whether to like or dislike her because I felt sorry for her. She was an interesting enough character to read about because she was very responsible. Then there’s Pauline, the beautiful waspy wealthy girl whom all the boys are in love with. Then there’s her best friend Liam who is the nicest guy who builds wooden saunas by hand. I didn’t want a love triangle, but it happened, and it happened quickly. This was lightning fast as it is in most cases, since they only stayed at Gill Creek for six months. I found it to be realistic in a way only because teens can jump into love rather quickly.
There was a lot of day to day descriptions, and for some reason Jodi’s writing never bored me. I pretty much finished this book in one sitting. It was short, but it still told the story so you won’t be left out wondering anything else. I found the little town ignorance to be wholly disheartening and it’s sad that it happens in real life too. There was one quote that really made me sit up and take notice. And it was just so bad and racist. I know it’s meant to be a joke, but to me it felt inappropriate.
I say skip this one, and read Tiger Lily instead. Though if you’re wondering who the killer was, it wasn’t the focus of the story. It was just shoved to the side and the characters and their lives were the focus.