This story kept me reading. When I begin a book and do not like to put it down, this means I’m hooked.
I liked Danielle DeVor’s pace. As rapid as ghost vapors, the story unfolds with numerous twists and winding paths that lead you to all sorts of imaginative caves and grottoes. Her ghost is not a ghost. She dubs Marcus with a different appellation that drew this reader’s interest especially that the story unfolds in first person point of view. Markus’ origins and how he began, as well as why he was created are definitely attention worthy.
I was also stirred by the real-life problem of anorexia, one I have lost a friend to over the years. It is extremely hard to control and to get rid of, needs constant support and a lot of understanding. Mostly, I think this is a well-constructed YA story that is likely to appeal to new adults also.
The battle that goes on inside Emma, our official ghost hunter, borders on a difficult relationship with her mother. She loves her mother as she is still young enough to need her and want her around, yet can’t stand what the disease is doing to her, and by extension to their relationship. After all, coping with a parent’s fear dependency, or another’s desperate need to work as her father does, can sometimes be harder than battling ghosts.
Named one of the Examiner’s 2014 Women in Horror: 93 Horror Authors You Need to Read Right Now, Danielle DeVor has been spinning the spider webs, or rather, the keyboard for more frights and oddities. Finding ways to shock people in this day and age is a real talent and is not given to every writer.