Review

HAUNTED, by  Lynn Carthage is the author’s first foray into Young Adult, but certainly not her first book. Under her real name, she was a Bram Stoker Award finalist, so she knows her stuff.

“Remarkable. . .a twist you’ll never see coming.” – Michelle Gagnon, author of Don’t Look Now

Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Irving has traded life in San Francisco for her stepfather’s ancestral mansion in rural England. It’s supposed to be the new start her family needs. But from the moment she crosses the threshold into the ancient estate, Phoebe senses something ominous. Then again, she’s a little sensitive lately—not surprising when her parents are oblivious to her, her old life is six thousand miles away, and the only guy around is completely gorgeous but giving her mixed messages.

But at least Miles doesn’t laugh at Phoebe’s growing fears. And she can trust him…maybe. The locals whisper about the manor’s infamous original owner, Madame Arnaud, and tell grim stories of missing children and vengeful spirits. Phoebe is determined to protect her loved ones—especially her little sister, Tabby. But even amidst the manor’s dark shadows, the deepest mysteries may involve Phoebe herself….

HAUNTED was absolutely riveting, I couldn’t stop reading until the end.

 HAUNTED was absolutely riveting, I couldn’t stop reading until the end. Ms. Carthage’s writing was positively masterful and just plain creepy.. The author included drawings on most of the pages to help the reader visualize exactly what was needed to crank up the creep factor. Be prepared for the twist that will blow your mind!

I highly recommend this book.

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Christi Hubbard
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