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Richard Anderson was the last person to see his friend Melanie alive. She vanished when they were six and while the police never found Melanie, a part of her remained—a living shadow that is now Richard’s closest friend.
For ten years, Richard has never questioned the shadow that keeps him company . . . until a new girl moves to town, claiming to be Melanie. Desperate to prove the girl is a fake, the shadow leads Richard to the place where her killer buried her bones. But Richard finds skeletons from several different children . . . and evidence suggesting that perhaps the shadow isn't who she says she is.
My rating: 3.62 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Richard has lived with the ghost of his best friend Melanie for 10 years since she disappeared during a game of hide-and-seek and was never seen again. But now Melanie is back, for real, and Richard is no longer sure who is the real Melanie – the girl who stands in front of him, or the ghost who has haunted him for the past ten years.
Who is the real Melanie? And can Richard discover what’s really going on with his ghost?
I enjoyed this book, even if I’m not 100% sure that I know what happened!
Richard was an interesting character. As the story went on I really wasn’t sure if what was happening to him was psychological or paranormal, but I really did feel sorry for him. To live with the ghost of his best friend for ten years, and to be constantly teased about it, only to find out that she isn’t even dead, is just so sad and so frustrating!
I was really unsure about Melanie as well. Was she really Melanie? Where had she been for so long? And why was she back? Even when these questions were answered, the presence of the ghost ‘Melanie’ made it difficult to know if what we were reading was really the truth!
The storyline in this was filled with little shocks – starting with Melanie coming back, and continuing all the way through the story. It was difficult to know what was real and what was possibly due to some other reason, and I was continually both puzzled and surprised by the turns this story took. There was some mystery, some paranormal elements, some little bites of horror story in the background, as well the question of mental illness, and a little touch of romance, all snowballed together in this!
The ending to this was certainly interesting, although I do have to admit to having a couple of outstanding questions over what exactly happened. I think this could probably be cleared up with a bit of a re-read of the last chapters again, but I’m not that bothered!
Overall; interesting mystery story, with plenty of little surprises,
7.25 out of 10.