Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Haunted by Lynn Carthage

Author: Lynn Carthage
Publisher: Kensington
Date of publication: February 24,2015

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…

I thought Haunted was an enjoyable read.  The story is about Phoebe and her family as the move to England to start over.  Phoebe did something so horrible that they had to move to start over in a new life.  The problem is that she can't remember what she did.  Her parents are distant and don't seem to pay attention to her.  She is also seeing ghosts.  There is a mysterious boy in the neighborhood who may hold some answers.

I was pleasantly surprised by this debut novel.  I thought it was well written and definitely a spooky read.  I won't give away too much of the plot, but I liked the twist in the end.  Phoebe was a likable character.  She wants to make amends for what she did.  She also wants to do whatever she can to protect her baby sister from the evil in the house.

This is a great debut and I recommend it for any lover of YA ghost stories!  I look forward to the next book in the series.

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