This title is being marketed as something like The Lovely Bones, which I have to admit did make me read it above the million and one other books I have waiting.I wasn't sure what to expect from his book, but I found it to be one of those books that takes up a special place in your heart. It is beautifully written and so atmospheric, when I was reading the book I was there in the story 100%. It is hard to describe what exactly makes this book so special, but I certainly believe that the descriptions of the area of Door County and the descriptions of the small town and people are perfect.
What is the story about?
The story is about a girl called Maggie who with her parents, have to leave their home in Chicago to move to Door County to a house left to them in a will. Due to financial reasons they have to live here and try to make the house homely. Whilst we get to know `maggie, we are also aware of a spirit in the house who sometimes lives in the basement of the house Maggie has moved into. The spirit isn't sure why she is there, but that she is bound to Maggie in some way;
"I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.
All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried."
Soon Maggie meets her neighbour from the big white house across the field, Pauline. Pauline is beautiful but unaware of it. She is chatty and outgoing and soon befriends the slightly cautious Maggie. Maggie is then introduced to Pauline's childhood friend Liam and they all start to hand around together.
Not long after Maggie settles in and gets a job in an antique store in the main street, the fact that a serial killer focusing on young girls Maggie's age is moving closer and closer to the area means that the whole town becomes extremely cautious. There is a curfew for young people and many shops and cafes shut up completely. There are increasing snow storms and the nearby lake is frozen over, the snow and the storms add both to the story and to the atmosphere throughout the book.Along with the story of Maggie, Pauline and Liam there is the backdrop of a killer who's victims are all beautiful young girls. As a reader I feared for both Pauline and Maggie and also started to pick up clues as to who the killer might be. Whilst the killings are a part of the book, they do not make the story a book of crime in any way.
There is also the ongoing story of the spirit, throughout the book we learn certain things she has seen, we feel her loneliness and confusion as to why she is where she is, and finally at the end we learn who the spirit was. The book itself is melancholy, yet beautiful, atmospheric and anything but a cheesy YA novel. There is love and loss, but Jodi writes this so well, so painfully, but without extra drama, tears or overreactions.This book is really special and a beautiful, sad, atmospheric read.
Published August 7th 2014
Published August 7th 2014