Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?
Can we talk about how beautiful the cover is? Because seriously, it’s absolutely beautiful. I kind of want to stare at it forever.
This book was a five star read from me. It was diverse (a Korean MC, a Jamaican best friend and a Native American medium spirit) character selection, which is extremely refreshing for any genre but especially on paranormal and horror books which are often about white families moving into a new home. This was about a family moving into a new home and becoming possessed by spirits, but the way Ellen Oh writes it makes it feel completely unique to her.
It was extremely fun and entertaining. It was even scary in some places, which I honestly didn’t expect from a children’s book. Even in adult horror books, I find myself not being scared but fascinated instead, and this book pulled off both. Not just that, but it was Harper’s coming of age story and finding out who she really was. The sibling relationships in here were heartwarming and realistic, as well as the other family bonds. They weren’t perfect, which I feel most families aren’t, and I really liked that.
Overall, the only problem I had with this book was that there isn’t a second one that I can read immediately (although Amazon says there is a book two coming?! This better be true!). It was the perfect length so, although I would like to read more, I feel like it would have just dragged it when everything was going at a great pace as it. I recommend anyone and everyone to read it who is interested in paranormal stories.
Until next time,