I’m running a bit short of time to finish this review so, I’m just going to use the cover’s synopsis, feel free to skip to ‘my thoughts’ if you already know about the book.
All Chloe Saunders wants is a life like any normal teenager – the chance to get through school, make friends, and maybe meet a boy.
But when she starts seeing ghosts, she knows that life will never be normal again. Soon ghosts are everywhere, demanding her attention. When Chloe finally breaks down, she’s admitted to a group home for disturbed kids.
At first Lyle House seems okay, but as she gets to know the other patients – charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek; obnoxious Tori; and Rae, who has a ‘thing’ for fire – Chloe begins to realise that something strange and sinister binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual ‘problem kid’ behaviour.
And they’re about to discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home, either …
It’s appropriate that I should be reviewing this one during Book Blogger’s Appreciation Week, as it was through various bloggers reviews and mentions of this one and it’s sequel that I became aware of the series.
Unfortunately for me, I only found it mildly entertaining, and just a bit too stuffed with stereotypes to be truly enjoyable. (Young protagonist with hidden power? Check. Mysterious love interest with hidden past? Check. Mean (self important) girl? Check.)
Although I do understand, that for some readers, these are exactly the type of character they want in a book.
Some things were good, don’t get me wrong. Chloe whilst, not particularly original was very likable; the scene with her locked in the crawl space was particularly well done and creepy. I did also enjoyed the ‘meat’ of the story; the school’s hidden past; why are these particular kids being brought together? All nicely puzzling. It’s just a shame the ‘dressing’ wasn’t to my taste.
And the cliff-hanger ending was just frustrating.
Still, it wasn’t completely without merit and I did enjoy reading it, I just won’t be running to pick up the rest of the series.