What the Dead Want

What the Dead Want

eBook - 2016
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Haunting photographs and dark family secrets make this second spine-tingling novel from Norah Olson the perfect read for fans of creepy, suspenseful teen fiction. A love of photography, an old camera, and countless questions--these are all that sixteen-year-old Gretchen has left of her mother, who mysteriously disappeared years ago. Now she must return to the place where her mom vanished--a decaying mansion that Gretchen has suddenly inherited from her great-aunt Esther. However, Gretchen won't find the answers she's seeking without unraveling the secrets that lurk inside the house. There are stacks of photographs and letters from her ancestors that go back centuries, pointing to some kind of haunting past. But when proof of the mansion's dark history appears to Gretchen in the form of ghostly visions and the soft, eerie whisper of her mother's voice, there's no doubt that something sinister has taken place there. No matter how scared she might be, Gretchen must somehow uncover the reasons why this indescribable force has descended upon her family and find a way to set everyone--even the dead--free.
Publisher: New York: HarperCollins, 2016
ISBN: 9780062410139
Branch Call Number: EBOOK YA OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Shadow_of_Burakku
Jul 02, 2017

"What The Dead Want" is a perfectly serviceable book, and the elements, though pretty trope-ish most times, rarely seem even the slightest bit out of place. However, I found myself unable to really connect with the main character--Gretchen--once she reaches Axton manor, and only really "liked" her at the very beginning when she's still wondering what happened to her mother and in the third act when she's being possessed by a deceased relative. The other characters are fine, though they lost their charm for me by the end, especially during the epilogue.

Not a bad book by any means, just one I struggled to find enjoyment in reading. Hopefully, others won't have the same problems that I had, and can find enjoyment in the characters and events that I simply couldn't.

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