NOTES FROM GHOST TOWN by Kate Ellison
YA Paranormal Mystery
336 pages, hardcover
Available now (February 2013)
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
They say first love never dies…
From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.
There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?
With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.
Beautifully written and enthralling, NOTES FROM GHOST TOWN surprised me with its intensity. Olivia’s had it rough — her mentally unstable mother is convicted of killing Olivia’s best friend, Lucas, and locked up in a mental institution until sentencing. Olivia’s not only lost her best friend but her colors, seeing the world only in shades of gray, which means she can’t paint any longer.
I liked how Olivia’s inability to see colors is symbolic of the huge losses she’s suffered. Without Lucas, her world has quite literally lost its color. She’s suffering not only the loss of her art but of her best friend and love as well as her mother, who she believes is wrongly accused. Her anger at the world around her shades her entire life, making it much darker than it should be.
Then there’s the mystery of who actually killed Lucas. When Lucas first appears to Olivia, she thinks she’s going crazy, just like her mother. It’s heartwrenching because it just adds to the pile of crap dealt to Olivia, especially since no one else believes her mother is innocent. The twists behind the mystery were definitely unexpected (though, I’ll admit, I’m horrible at guessing whodunit) and kept me turning the pages until the very last.
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