A tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.
But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.
The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.
First Impressions: Intrigued. I’d heard a lot about it at BEA a couple years ago when I went, and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since.
Final Thoughts: Blown away. Definitely recommending it to everyone and already made my little sister read it.
Favorite Part: For one, the family dynamics. It portrays the real shit that goes on so well. Also, how the ghosts are portrayed. They are there, but they’re not. Not physically at least. They are just a “part” of the house. It’s exactly how I’ve often felt it must be like to be a ghost. I’m obsessed with ghosts and this really struck a chord with me. I still can’t get over how much the book resonated with me. Highly recommend it.
Goes well with: I’m gonna go with Gin & Tonic, even though that’s not a beer. It’s just fits.
Author: Lauren Oliver
Date of Publication: 2014
Source: Personal Copy