For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
Then her brother hires someone new who claims he can help her. Michael says he knows what she’s going through, that he sees what she can see and he understands. Emerson is reluctant, especially considering all the other charlatans her brother’s hired in an effort to help her with her problem. But Michael’s cute and he proves himself to be the real deal. Except…he’s got secrets. Secrets he’s very reluctant to share, though he wants to know everything about Emerson.
Like Emerson, I wasn’t sure what to think of Michael at first. He set off my BS-meter, especially with his overreaction to Emerson’s attempt to find out more about Hourglass, the mysterious organization where Michael works. But serious fireworks explode between Michael and Emerson. Even though Michael acts like he’s so much older than Emerson, he’s really only a couple of years older. He’s so unwilling to let Emerson in, she practically has to get out a ladder to scale his walls. And it’s not like she doesn’t have walls of her own.
There’s such a great story going on here. Time travel, magic, plots within plots, betrayals, and so many twists and turns, you won’t be able to put the book down until the very last page. Then, you’ll beg for more and, lucky for us, there will be! (Thank goodness there isn’t a cliffhanger–those drive me nuts.) I highly recommend HOURGLASS.
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